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This book does a great job of humanizing the people you might meet in a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen, showing how a series of bad decisions or traumatic events or sheer bad luck can land someone on the streets. Although it’s set in the 80s when this problem was particularly acute, it’s no less useful a walk in someone else’s (scrounged, ill-fitting) shoes today.
The writing is strong, with compelling characters in the two leads and two kids who ring absolutely true, as well as a very plausible villain or two or three or four you’ll just love to hate. The pacing is excellent; I did not want to put it down. It also has a sort of Swiss Family Robinson quality – watching how people find a way to survive our world without access to money, electricity, or plumbing is frankly fascinating. If I have any quibbles, it’s that issues of race seem oddly unspoken in a setting where I simply don’t believe that would be the case.
Despite the sometimes dark subject matter, this book never gets explicit (for those who care about that – I don’t). Highly recommended.
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I have to confess I felt the ending was a bit sudden. After all that suffering, I wanted to be able to enjoy these two characters finding a safe haven in each other for just a bit longer. If nothing else, I really wanted to see them enjoy some indoor plumbing. Seldom have I appreciated it more than I do after reading this book!
I was about 75% finished with this story and BrownieBoy Bunny decided my Kindle charging cable was something that he should kill, again. When I got the new charging cable and was able to charge my Kindle to finish reading I thought to take a day or so to gather my thoughts before writing the review. Well it has been almost half a year before I got around to writing this review. I had honestly forgotten until the author emailed asking me if I had a review coming. Yeah I have a review coming sorry about that. My brain totally forgot about needing to write this. I forgot to make my list and then the review was forgotten.
Today the first sentence in the book really strikes me. Currently suffering from a broken kneecap again I can totally relate to the sentence and the pain Frank has suffered.
Pain's a bitch.
Yeah Frank pain really is a bitch and it just does not want to let go. I may not know about phantom pains but my husband suffers from them. Almost 30 years ago my husband cut the fingers off on his right hand. According to him they are still happening.
The author does not state what year the book is sent but this reader took it for the late 70's to mid-80's. A story about the horror's a Vietnam Vet has seen and suffered. A story about how we as citizens here in America have let down one of the most important person, a soldier protecting our freedom.
This story brought heartache, tears, and a restless knowing that people were more concerned with not supporting the people they elected to office than a solider still suffering from a war long forgotten.
Then readers get to the part about a young mother just trying to keep food on the table for her young while wondering what has happened to her husband. A husband who packed everything and left Chloe with two kids and no money.
A young woman who has seen more than most married women at twice the age. A young woman who does not know where or how to find help.
Losing It All takes readers on a journey. A journey thru the life of two separate people until these two people realize they need and want each other.
Long after finishing the book readers will reflect back and wonder about the homeless man they passed or the young mother trying to put food on the table with no money.
The bunnies and I highly suggest this book to all who enjoy a twisting story that ends leaving readers feeling satisfied. A story that can break your heart but repair it pages later.
The bunnies and I give this book 5 carrots.
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