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on August 2, 2013
Tragedy seems to follow Caroline Martin. Her mother died when she was something like two days old. Her father dies after years of Caroline taking care of him, she has to move from Boston to live with her uncle and cousin in Philadelphia, and her chaperone even dies on the way. Caroline meets Liam O'Donovan and his brother, David, who are her uncle's neighbors. Liam seems to be a fine, upstanding young man, but David is a womanizer and has an obsession with sex. The lives of these characters weave together in a way Caroline never imagined, but she does find love.
I had some minor problems with the book. For a Christian (Catholic) novel, there is a lot of emphasis on sexual topics, although nothing is explicit. Some of the terminology was hard to follow. Patsie kept saying "foin" at different times," and it took me a while to realize it was dialect for "fine." "Riding coat" was a condom. Parts of the story was gripping, but other parts dragged. The end could have also been stronger. The ending didn't tie up everything with any better conclusion than if it at ended at other points. In fact, I got the impression that ups and downs and hard times would continue for Caroline and her family. Although this may be realistic, it didn't leave me feeling good about the novel.