Twenty-one years ago Jewel Sabatino left her childhood behind and never looked back. After a magical taste of fame, she found herself alone with a son to raise and not much else. She survived with the help of Michael, her one true friend. But now Michael is too sick to care for himself, and Jewel has run out of options. She leaves New York for the hills of Colorado, unsure if the family she ran from will welcome her back.
For Jewel, coming home is falling back into a world that smells of Italian restaurants and home-baked pies. It is the laughter of sisters preparing for a summer wedding, and the peaceful haven for a treasured soul mate's last days. It also means facing the unforgiving eyes of a father betrayed by his favorite child - and letting go of a son who is ready to become a man. But most of all, it is the love she discovers in her own wary heart when Michael's brother Malachi unexpectedly arrives on her doorstep.
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Believer in what you can't see
I love the story of how family is all types of things, but the most important is that it comes in all sizes and shapes and the most important is the the love. I read this story about a year ago and I never forgot how it made me feel so good and at the same time sad at how change in life can make one feel funny and yet it is unexpected and surprising.
When MIchael goes to the river to die, I found it so touching and yet so heartfelt that he was willing to die the way he wanted. I also like it when he visited Malikai and Julie in their dreams until they get together, and than he asked them to name their baby after him.
She has the gentle and sensuous voice that made the character what they needed to be. It also gave the dimension that the story required to see the relatives and the relationships the way the should be.
Life is a recipe that brings joy.
Barbara Samuel's books are heartfelt and full of all the feelings one can have while reading a story. You will like her stories so much that you won't want to stop listening until the very end.
Jewel and Billy had one son Shane. Billy died three years ago. Jewel’s best friend Michael is gay and dying from AIDS. Jewel, Shane, and Michael move to Colorado to be near Jewel’s family during Michael’s last days. Michael’s brother Malachi comes to stay during this time. He and Jewel fall for each other, but they both know he will leave after Michael dies. Malachi has psychological problems about staying in one place. Jewel and her father are estranged.
You can lose yourself in this large family with a lot going on, but it’s a tear jerker. Some readers will love it because of what’s going on in their life, or they’re in the mood to cry. Toward the end I cried about eight times, over different things. I don’t want that. I want entertainment and other things, so this book is not good for me.
A lot of grief and sadness about Michael who is dying. A lot of memories of the past. Not enough story or plot. It doesn’t feel like it’s going anywhere. It’s smells, sounds, sights, memories. It’s days in the life of ordinary people with everyday conversations. Example: “Do you want a beer? I’ll get it.” “No, you stay there, I’ll get it.” But it does have a folksy, homey, comfy thing going on.
AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR - Kristine Thatcher:
There were three sex scenes. I was uncomfortable listening to them due to the narrator. She sounded like an elderly lady and it was not sexy or sensual. I didn’t want to watch. I normally like reading sex scenes, but not these.
I did not like the narrator’s voice for Shane. He’s 6'2" and 17 years old. He should have a man’s voice. She read him like he was a little boy.
Other than that, her narration was good.
Narrative mode: 1st person Jewel.
Genre: womens fiction, grief.
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