ISBN #: 978-1451616422
Page Count: 384
Copyright: February 21, 2012
Publisher: Gallery Books
(Taken from back cover)
1976. Billie felt as if she'd been wrenched in half more surely than when the baby had been cut from h er body. But she felt something else too: happy to think only of her own needs, her own tears. So light she could float away, somewhere no one would ever find her.
The present. Even if Cait never found her birth mother, even if she decided not to have this baby, to leave her lover and kiss her parents good-bye, she was surrounded by so much emotion, so many questions, that she felt as if she might never be free again.
The possibility, or idea, of someone is often more grand in our mind than it is in reality. Then, when reality does strike us in the face, we sometimes make rash decisions that will affect us in the long-run.
Bridget's idea of someone pertained to her employer. She imagined her employer to have a motherly heart and actually care about other people outside of herself. Bridget learned the hard way that this isn't so. The lesson she learned came too late and caused her the one person she cherished most.
Billie was delusional in her idea of a man. She (stupidly) fell in love with a man she knew to be bisexual. She had the idea, as most of us do, that she could change him. They did get beyond friendship, and even had a "relationship," but he was still messing around with other men behind her back. Although, it wasn't really behind her back because she knew he was probably doing it, but she chose to turn a blind eye. She lived her life by the motto "out of sight, out of mind." It ends up biting her in the butt, though, when she winds up pregnant.
The longing in Cait's idea of her birth mother was palpable. When Cait found out she was pregnant, that ignited something in her that wouldn't let her go until she found out who her real mother was. She loved her adoptive parents and has been happy with them, but Cait needed to find out as much as she could about her real mother in order to get a sense of who she was and what kind of genetics were in her. Cait's story turned out the best in an ending that was as happy as you can get.
I love that the author took the "possibility of you" thought and turned it into this novel. It was entertaining to read and packed with real emotions. It almost made me wonder if the author, herself, has been in these circumstances in her own life. It is a wonderful story that I will wind up reading again.
*A physical copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.