A gripping novel about a woman who sets out to find the father who left her years ago, and ends up discovering herself.
When Eden was 10 years old she found her father, David, bleeding on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life.
Twenty years later, Eden runs a successful catering company and dreams of opening a restaurant. Since childhood, she has heard from her father only rarely, just enough to know that he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately there has been no word at all. After a series of failed romantic relationships and a health scare from her mother, Eden decides it’s time to find her father, to forgive him at last, and move forward with her own life. Her search takes her to a downtown Seattle homeless shelter, and to Jack Baker, its handsome and charming director. Jack convinces Eden to volunteer her skills as a professional chef with the shelter. In return, he helps her in her quest.
As the connection between Eden and Jack grows stronger, and their investigation brings them closer to David, Eden must come to terms with her true emotions, the secrets her mother has kept from her, and the painful question of whether her father, after all these years, even wants to be found. The result is an emotionally rich and honest novel about making peace with the past - and embracing the future.
©2013 Amy Hatvany (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio
This is a well written novel about loving someone who suffers from a mental illness. I appreciated the realistic dilemmas faced by both the person living with the mental illness and the ones who loved him. How does one support this person without trying to control him? How does a person love one with a mental illness and not lose herself in the chaos? Does medication help or does it create as many problems as it is supposed to be solving? The book was beautifully narrated and executed. The story in no way sugarcoated the issues involved in living with mental illness but the characters were not without hope or sprinkles of joy. It was a satisfying read.(listen.)
It's been a long time since a book brought me to tears. Make sure you have some tissues handy for this one. It's just a wonderful story of hope between a father and a daughter.
The very end broke my heart, made me cry, and smile too. Not many books can do that.
Yes, I just could not walk away from this book.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
In the middle. I t was interesting and a good read. Not fantastic or horrible. Just a good book.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
If you have a mentally ill family member, this novel will get to you..my mother in law was Bi-Polar. The effect of her disease impacted my husband his entire life-I totally understood Edens need to make her father better, to guide her father, to find the dad she wanted to have but didn't.
Spectacular writing, it made my heart hurt as I listened. Narration effective but Thaxton isn't a great narrator..still I couldn't stop listening.
A good war for someone who isn't familiar with the impact of mental illness on a family to discover its reality..
Well worth the credit.
This was a beautiful story that exceeded my expectations. Lots of life lessons and so close to the real thing! Well done!
I didn't get very far into this to be able to rate the story itself. Candace Thaxton was too distracting - speed up, slow down, speed up again, all in one sentence. Returning this one. (but I LOVED Hatvany's "Safe With Me" - I'm not giving up on this writer, just Candace Thaxton)
I loved this book. It was very well written and I enjoyed the different perspectives of the dad and daughter. A welcome break from so many of the sappy books out there.
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