Written in the first person from the point of view of Lorraine, the reader gets to know her really well as she grows up. I loved her, her bond with her brother, her best friend and her soul mate. Everything she experienced, I ‘experienced’ too.
The novel shows the importance of God and family. A family fractured will affect all members and take years to heal the heartache.
First love is a major theme. It hurts. The feelings remain, sometimes spoiling all other relationships.
School years may be difficult. As the reader witnesses the experiences, we can empathise.
Not everyone we meet is nice. There are some difficult to read scenes that explore the nature of domestic abuse which has lasting trauma.
Ultimately the novel is about hope. A hope that begins in childhood and holds on into adulthood.
A wonderful story of a friendship that buds and blossoms.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.