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Rush Home Road: A Novel Paperback – June 27, 2008
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Sharla's mother, Collette went from one boyfriend to another and the latest deadbeat wanted Sharla gone so that is what happens. Collette starts knocking on doors until after a promise of money and a short-term arrangement were made Addy takes in Sharla for the summer. The extra money would be a plus but when that little girl arrives with no money, next to no clothes and looking like she had been ill cared for Addy starts the process of deciding what to do and how to clean this mess up, literally.
Then when she is about to return Sharla home Addy discovers Collette is long gone and Addy realizes what Sharla needs is stability and that is the one thing she can provide. There is no money and living in a trailer is not ideal but love is free and Addy knows the pain of rejection and what life holds for a child that no one wants regardless of their age.
Memories come flooding back to Addy as she shows Sharla how to care for herself, attend school and be comfortable in her own skin. The life Addy led was far from comfortable and while she had loved and lost everything several times over she was a survivor and saw that Sharla was as well and their relationship was built on this common bond. They hold each other's hands through the rough times and adjust to all the changes while mending the pain of their individual pasts and greeting each day as a new adventure.
This story will absolutely make you think your heart is breaking as you begin to read it. You wonder if the characters can take any more pain and all the hardship bearing down has to break them. But when you keep reading you realize your heart is not hurting it is expanding with the love you feel from Addy, the joy you experience through Sharla's eyes and the ultimate redemption of past sins and prior disappointments. If this book does not move you then you need to read it again because you did not get the true fulfillment of joy gives you.
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