From the acclaimed author of Splinters of Light and Pack Up the Moon comes a beautiful novel about two very different women who are about to get a second chance at creating a family...
After her husband dies unexpectedly, Abby Roberts comes across something startling: wedding photographs of him with another woman, along with pictures of a baby boy. Shocked, Abby does something utterly impulsive: She embarks on a journey to discover the family her husband apparently left behind.
Money has always been tight for single mom Fern Reyes, and never tighter than now. But this month, in place of a child-support check, her ex's pretty, privileged wife appears on her doorstep with far too many questions. Unfortunately, her young son is so taken with Abby that Fern doesn't have the heart to send her away.
What begins as one woman's search for truth becomes a deep bond forged between the unlikeliest of people, and the discovery that there are many ways to make a family—as long as you take care...
Rachael Herron’s THE ONES WHO MATTER MOST, is a heartfelt novel about what really makes a family. Two women, Abby Roberts and Fern Reyes couldn’t be more different than day and night. Their only connection is Scott, the man that they were both married to. After His sudden death, Abby discovers his past relationship with Fern and the fact he has a son. Determined to set things right, Abby embarks on a journey to discover his past and make his family her own. Abby has her work cut out for her as she is met with opposition from Fern every step of the way. However, as time goes on, their relationship changes and both women discover every family is different and love is what matters most.
What I liked best about the book was watching the struggle between the two women. Fern’s entire family, especially her son is willing to embrace Abby and allow her into their lives. The relationship that develops with Abby and Fern’s son Matty tugs at the heart. But Fern is a protective mother that includes a big chip on her shoulder and preconceived notions about Abby’s intentions. The give and take is well written and the tension palpable. When Fern’s life takes a sudden turn she didn’t expect and finds herself needing to rely on Abby, the softening is enjoyable to watch as these women realize they really do need each other.
What I didn’t particularly care for however was the frequent coarse language throughout the entire book. I am not convinced it was necessary and found it demeaning to the characters. It seemed to be added for effect and added nothing to the story. Abby and Fern’s journey was strong and stood by itself. Remove the language and you have a remarkable story about women letting go of the past and coming together to make a beautiful and loving family.
In summary, families are made of many things, but as proven here the best ingredient is love.
I appreciated being given an advanced copy of THE ONES WHO MATTER MOST for a fair and honest review.
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