*I’d like to thank the Publisher for providing an ARC of this book through Netgalley*
An emotional exploration of the frayed bond between a father and daughter…and what it takes to mend it.
After Sara’s father, famous sculptor Thomas “TR” Harlow, is badly injured in a fire, she’s suddenly forced to care for a man who is more of a stranger than a parent. Once known as his muse, Sara long ago lost her father to his desire to live the celebrity life.
Now TR’s abrasive and unpredictable presence in her home is reopening old wounds—and causing the rift in her already-strained marriage to deepen. As her young son begins bonding with the grandfather he never knew, Sara must decide if she can find it within herself to forgive the man who broke her heart all those years ago. Will she walk away from a chance to rebuild what was lost, or will she find, by bringing her father back to health, that healing can come in many forms?
First things first – Such a beautiful cover! I wanted to own the physical copy of this the moment I saw it. I still want to own the copy after finishing the book.
I always love myself books that have heartfelt stories centered around family. And this novel was all about family. We see a father-daughter relation that starts off as frosty and slowly evolves into something more. There are other story lines too. But the father-daughter relationship stole the show for me.
Sara has had a rough past. She’s forever been the responsible caretaker, even when she was a child and her father left her with a mentally unsound mother. Even now, she has to take care of everything with her pilot husband frequently flying away and leaving her with a household, a ten year old asthmatic son and a pet dog to look after. It’s definitely not easy being her, and her estranged father’s injury only makes it harder.
Her father Thomas (TR) didn’t leave a good first impression on me at the beginning. But I slowly warmed up to him, just like Sara. But it was not easy for Sara to come to that point. And she can’t be blamed. Which child would welcome their parent back after being abandoned in their childhood?
You also tend to feel frustrated for her, about how her husband Charlie keeps leaving for long stretch of flight duties. Although, when Charlie is present, he seems to be considerate and supportive of her most of the times. Still, I wasn’t a fan of Charlie. Sam, though, Sara’s son was adorable and the relationship between was really beautiful. Both Sam and Charlie are good parents.
We see Sara struggle a lot to be welcoming to her father throughout the book. Her stream of conscious was believably complicated. Both she and her father are not big talkers so we see a lot of streams of consciousness most of the book. And that made the book slightly slow paced.PU
There were many secrets and mysteries that were not completely unpredictable and yet the reveals and resolutions in the end were well executed. There was nothing too extraordinary about the plot but I still found myself engaged because of the lovely evolution of the relation between Sara and her father.
If you’re in mood for a simple read with themes of family drama, second chances and forgiveness, then this is the book for you.
Publication Date: 25th September, 2018.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)
My Rating: ★★★☆☆