Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: All Right Here by Carre Armstrong Gardner

All Right Here is a family drama about the Darling Family.  Leander and Jane are the dad and mom to their five grown children: David, the twins Laura and Ivy, Sephy, and Amy.  This particular book deals the most with Ivy and her husband Nick.  Nick and Ivy have been married for 6 years and Ivy is unable to have children.  Something she thought that she and Nick had overcome.  Unfortunately, Nick has not let that go and their marriage has suffered through the years.  When their new neighbor abandons her three children, she and Nick take the kids in for what at first was supposed to be a few nights.  But as the search continues for the neglectful mother, Ivy opens her heart to the children who have not really had a very good life.  DeShaun at 14 has always tried to shelter his little sister Jada who is 9 and his little brother Hammer who is 6.   Nick feels it his Christian duty to help these children but he insists that they are not their kids.  Under the foster care of both Nick and Ivy all three children bloom and find hidden talents.   However, as the days turn into weeks and then months, Ivy realizes her marriage is not going to change and temptation looms on the horizon.  When Nick notices Ivy has cooled in her love for him, he realizes that he just might lose her and the three children who ended up becoming more important to him than he thought they would. 
Laura, Ivy’s twin, is the secondary story in this book.  Her story also deals with some difficult subjects.  This book is filled with real life problems and I did enjoy getting to know the Darling family. I really liked how they still had Thursday night dinners with almost the whole Darling clan and getting to peek in on their family celebrations.  I enjoyed this author’s debut book and I look forward to reading more about the Darling family.   I received the book from The Book Club Network (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.

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