â€œNo, Ivy, I donâ€™t. I donâ€™t love them. Iâ€™m not going to lie and say I do,â€ Nick tells Ivy in Carre Armstrong Gardnerâ€™s novel, "All Right Here."
Part of the Darling Family series, this four hundred and one pages paperback targets those interested in current day fiction involving foster children, family relationships, and marital problems. With no profanity, sex, or violence, topics of alcohol, bigotry, and infidelity would not be appropriate for immature readers. The end of the book contains acknowledgments, the authorâ€™s biography, and a dozen discussion questions.
In this tome set in Copper Cove, Maine, twenty-seven year old Ivy Darling is married to thirty-two year old Nick Mason. Keeping her maiden name during six years of marriage, she knows a wedge has developed between her husband and her since she is unable to have children. With both sides of their families wanting her to get pregnant, it makes matters worse when she does not get along with Nickâ€™s mother or sisters.
When a family rents the dilapidated house next door, Ivy is thrilled yet Nick remains cautious as three African-American children from teen to tot are locked out of their home one day. With their mother nowhere to be found, the three kids willingly stay at Ivy and Nickâ€™s house, waiting to hear from their parent.
In the meantime, Ivy falls in love with fourteen year old DeShuan, nine year old Jada, and Hammer, who is only six. But Nick wants little to do with them.
As time passes, DeShuan has to stand up at school being the only black in attendance, while Jada wants to learn the violin and Hammer excels at basketball. Growing closer to those in her charge, Ivy wonders when Nick will realize the damage done in how he treats everyone and how to restore love in the home.
While Nick rejects anything to do with a future raising the three, Ivy separates herself from the marriage as his family criticizes her every movement and motive while her family deals with sibling competition.
With sporadic prayers to God, the minutia of everyday living, and often backbiting and fighting, this book may be absorbed by readers seeking a story where marriage can survive only if choices and decisions are made willingly.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the readerâ€™s honest opinion.
Family, Love, and Drama, So Well Written: This book was hard to put down. The characters were so real that I was rooting for them and hoping they would realize how to relate to each other. The family dynamics made me laugh and cry with empathy. All of the characters were well done, and each of the kids was especially loveable. Even though it seemed dropped in her lap, the situation helped the main character grow and mature, along with her husband. I am very impressed with everyoneâ€™s reactions to their challenges. The humor was gentle and the story was clean. Milo was a great character. I enjoyed this very much.