Saturday, September 6, 2014

All Right Here by Carre Armstrong Gardner Review

Ivy Darling can’t have children of her own, and her husband Nick’s resentment is forcing them apart. And while Ivy has the support and love of her large, close-knit family, Nick’s family has never welcomed her into the fold.

When the three children next door are abandoned by their mother, Ivy and Nick take them in for the night. One night becomes several, and suddenly Ivy and Nick find themselves foster parents to the only African-American kids in the town of Copper Cove, Maine. As Ivy grows more attached to the children, Nick refuses to accept their eclectic household as a permanent family. Just as Ivy begins to question whether or not she wants to save her emotionally barren marriage, Nick begins to discover how much Ivy and the children mean to him. But is his change of heart too little, too late?

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK:  This is an excellent read for me.  There is never a dull moment in the book.  The author steps out and touches on infertility, foster parenting and interracial issues too.  Ivy has always felt like an outsider as far as her husband's family is concerned.  They purposefully exclude her from family events and ignore her during family gatherings too.

She is feeling the pressure of struggling with infertility.  An African-American family moves next door and when their mother leaves and does not return the Darlings have no choice, but to take the children in their home.  One night leads to them on a journey of being foster parents to the children.  Ivy's family loves and accepts the children as part of her family, but Nick's family refuses to accept them and makes their prejudices known in uncertain terms.

Will Ivy and Nick be able to save their marriage before it is too late?   Will he accept the truth that he and Ivy may never have children of their own?  Will he accept Ivy and the children as part of his life?  You will have to read the book to find out.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”