Amy Darling leads a somewhat fulfilled life. She has a close relationship with her parents and siblings, is married to a good man, and enjoys her job at a bookstore. Both she and husband Nick desperately want a baby, and have been on adoption waiting lists for years. It looks like their dream of becoming parents may not happen.
Then comes the day that the three children next door are abandoned by their mother. Amy brings them into her kitchen, feeds them, and calls the authorities. The children have no idea where their mother has gone, and say that this is not the first time she has left them. Nick and Amanda become their foster parents.
As the story goes on, the author takes what seems like a simple storyline, and weaves into a much more complex one.
The reader meets Nick’s side of the family, some of which don’t seem to accept Amy or their black foster kids. Then there is Amy’s side of the family, a tight-knit group of siblings that are each very different.
The book has a lot of storylines – almost too many. There’s the ailing relationship of Nick and Amy, twin sister Laura’s substance abuse issue, another sister’s struggle with weight, Amy’s rejection by her husband’s family, an inappropriate friendship, and a long-ago event that has affected Nick and Amy’s relationship.
Most of the book is about interpersonal relationships – husband and wife, sisters, in-laws, and friends. If you enjoy books about how people relate and interact with each other, you should really enjoy this book.