by Kate Willard
Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0446576875
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Warner, May 2005, $23.95
Twelve years ago in Ridley Falls, Bobby Teller could not handle the death of his wife in childbirth three weeks after his ma died. Though the infant lived, the grieving Bobby left town as he saw no hope in remaining behind. The newborn was left to be raised by Bobby’s uncouth sister Ruth and his meticulous former lover Sara Lynn Hoffman. Since Sara Lynn’s house is much bigger than Ruth’s dump, the three females reside in the former’s home.
Not one of the townsfolk would predict that this abnormal arrangement would work as the two females are polar opposites with Ruth cleaning houses for a living and former class valedictorian Sara Lynn on the path to greatness. However, Hope needs nurturing so they put aside their differences in order to raise the child. Surprisingly Sara Lynn's somewhat snobbish mother Aimee joins the twosome providing a grandmotherly nurturing to RAISING HOPE.
This is a terrific family drama using four switching perspectives to provide a deep look at relationships. Each of the key quartet member and to a lesser degree Ruth’s mother and brother come across as deep fully developed characters. Obviously a character study with no major action, readers who appreciate a powerful definitive look at what really makes a loving caring family will appreciate this fine inspirational tale that should be required reading for the “family values” snake oil peddlers.
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