I have found this book an extremely interesting read given that I have seen similar stories to this in my day job and have attended family court proceedings on a number of occasions. David Burnett has beautifully captured the dilemmas, heartbreak, grief and uncertainty about forgiveness when one parent abandons their children. The reader is forced to explore the issues around just how much can one person change and should they be given a second chance? What are the implications for the children. Is the risk worth it?
At the beginning of the story Jennie came across as a pretty mean and self centred person. Her parenting skills appeared to be non-existent and even as a reader I myself found it difficult to reconcile that picture of her with the one of a reformed character who has taken steps to turn her life around. The question always being one of uncertainty and wondering if elements of their old life would resurface. However, Jennie appears to have gained valuable insight into her actions of the past and counselling and involvement with the church have helped her on a road to recovery and acceptance of the past. Acceptance that there were other factors influencing her behaviour. The big question for Jennie is............can she convince her ex husband and her children that she poses no threat and only wants to be part of her children's lives?
A well written book with many interesting angles and points of view to consider. I really enjoy David Burnett's books and this one has proven to be another great read from him.
Brook Cottage Books