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Clara Greenwich is too young to take on the sole responsibility of caring for herself and her younger sister. She’s just sixteen. She should be focused on school, hanging out with friends, falling in love. Instead, she’s working to pay off the mound of bills her mother left behind when she vanished at the start of the school year. Left alone with her ten-year-old sister, Beatrice, Clara discovers that she is now the parent, the provider, and the responsibilities grow to be more than she can handle.
One big chunk of my heart melted away for Clara and her younger sister Beatrice..Beatrice the vivacious know it all, innocently sweet ten year old with her naughty , outright talks made me smile, while sixteen year Clara the polar end of Beatrice gained my respect.. She is calm, willingly invisible, with low self esteem and confidence, yet steps into the shoe of a parent and all in charge of the house with a mounting unpaid bill that their mother left with one fine morning, in addition to her own life to be settled.. She works through all her free time to make ends meet.. Even Beatrice does her share of contribution to keep them afloat..Little did Clara believed that one day she would find friendship let alone love..Still she manages them all, much to the dismay and surprise to her own shy self..Evan is every girl's fantasy in the school, but Evan is strangely attracted to her...Dealing with her responsibility to bring up her younger sister rendering parental love, discipline and care and love was wonderfully done by Walden..Beatrice has a way of finding a special place in the readers heart ... Living without gas and electricity, girls find pleasure in every day smiles and sheer contentment through their hard earned money..When other kids in the block are busy making merry they are busy living to get through every single day on free food in school and their neighbor's love and care..Some bad decisions that make Clara her regret..Enduring love, growing up, hard times, depression,passion a right mix of all these makes this book an enjoyable treat...Evan comes across as a guy with sense and sensibility coming handy every time they need him helping them in every small away... But what really put me off was their mother's attitude towards the kids, how can she just walk away from her children without a word or warning...Walden has captured the human emotions too well and all characters stand tall all along...
S. Walden used to teach English before making the easy decision to become a full-time writer.
Easy because once she completed a full-time graduate program, there weren't any teaching jobs
anyway! She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who does not read fiction and
has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of
small children, so she has two Westies instead. Her dreams include getting through her next big
writing project (a three-part series) and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast.
Her husband's dreams for her include getting her Ph.D. so that he can tell people he's married to
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