Wonderful story a must read / listen!
The letter written to Lori by Maurice at the end of the book
I found the story to be a lovely one but the writing is awkward at times. I felt that the narrator's voice did not match up well with the story being told.
I recommend this book to everyone. It gives a glimpse into two kinds of broken families, and gives hope that terrible cycles can be broken, and love can change the path one is on.
Why did she go back? What stopped her? An invisible thread of destiny. Destiny knit these two unique souls together through the good and bad life had to offer.
I did not read the print version but thought the audible version was very interesting. The narrator was good and clear and the story was remarkable.
Maurice….because he survived his childhood and offered his children a better future.
Pam Ward brings to the story a sense of the reality of this situation and the bleakness of Maurice's life.
I did not listen to this book in one sitting. For one thing, some of the book was very hard to listen to; the bleakness of Maurice's situation….the fact that many children come up this way, a very hard way is not something I wanted to hear for hours.
This is a worthwhile audible recording.
This book showed a love between two strangers. One an adult, who could have walked away and a young boy, who could have not trusted another adult. The story shows individuals that love comes in all shapes and sizes. Laura shared her heart and knowledge with this young impressionable boy. Maurice accepted the love and grew from it into a wonderful young man. As I Corinthians 13 say "Love is patient, love is kind." This story is an amazing revelation of love between these two people. It is a learning lesson about love and a message to all about the simple act of kindness.
Great heartfelt story, well written and narrated. Also a quick listen and also very compelling.
This book, though said to be about a relationship between a NYC executive and a down and out homeless kid, was actually mostly about the entire life (horrible and depressing is putting it mildly) of the author Laura Schroff. I enjoyed the story of she and Maurice but then she'd go on and on about how terrible her life was growing up with an abusive father. It seemed like she was almost trying to do a compare and contrast, like "look at me, I had an awful childhood and I made something of myself". She also talks down to the readers by over simplifying stuff and going into details like we don't know what Section 8 housing is or a GED. I really really hated the book and only finished it because it's for my book club and I was hoping she'd get off her own personal pitty party and get back to the story of her relationship with Maurice. I found myself at times pausing the recording, just to talk to the author and tell her what an idiot she was being! Though she was a huge support and inspiration to this kid, she also did him wrong and betrayed him a few times and for that she just wasn't a likable character in this true story. I give her book 1star and that's actually about what this book was worth.
I had to read this for a book group. It took me a while to begin appreciating it. Maybe halfway through. It struck me as an overly "neat and tidy" tale of a successful white woman saving a Black kid with just a little effort. I think perhaps the true story is much richer than this impression, in which case it just needed a better writer. When Maurice finally went out on his own to save and find his own purpose and possibility, the book became more inspiring. It wasn't that Schroff didn't contribute a great deal to his success, she most likely did, but we needed to SEE Maurice's character develop, and hear less about Schrop's difficulties. They can be included, but shouldn't take over.
Emotionally uplifting story about 2 people who filled a void in each other's lives. It's not a fairy tale with no problems, lapses and mistakes make
It all the more gratifying