Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Year Everything Changed by Georgia Bockoven

The Year Everything Changed by Georgia Bockoven 
The blurb:
As Jessie Patrick Reed's attorney, I'm writing to you on behalf of your father, Jessie Patrick Reed.  I regret to inform you that Mr. Reed is dying.  He has expressed a desire to see you. . . .
Elizabeth, even though sustained by a loving family, has suffered the most from her father's seeming abandonment and for years has protected herself with a deep-seated anger that she hides from everyone.

Ginger, in love with a married man, will be forced to reevaluate every relationship she's ever had and will reach stunning conclusions that will change her life forever.

Rachel learns of her father's existence the same day she finds out that her husband of ten years has had an affair.  She will receive the understanding and support she needs to survive from an unlikely and surprising source.

Christine is a young filmmaker, barely out of college, who now must decide if her few precious memories of a man she believed to be long dead are enough to give him a second chance.
Four sisters who never knew the others existed will find strength, love, and answers in the most unexpected places in. . . The Year Everything Changed.

I very much enjoyed The Year Everything Changed. It's a story about sisters who didn't know their father or that they even had sisters.  The four sisters have very little in common.  Their mothers, upbringing, and opportunities were vastly different.  Each is sympathetic in their own way. Although I was particularly fond of Ginger - the beautiful girl who didn't know that she'd been adopted.  The anger, resentment, hopefulness and friendship that develops among the sisters makes the story an absorbing and heartwarming read.

It would have been easy to make the story predictable or overly sweet but Georgia Bockoven bypasses all of these pitfalls and delivers a book to savor and to share.

ISBN-10: 0062069322 - Paperback $14.99
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (August 23, 2011), 432 pages.
Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

About the Author:
Georgia Bockoven is an award-winning author whose books have sold more than three million copies worldwide.  She resides in Northern California with her husband, John.