Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. Her dad is forever planning how to boost business at the family restaurant. Her mom is constantly going off to meditate. Her sister, Sarah, who’s taking a year off after high school, is too busy finding ways not to work, and her brother Holden is totally focused on his new "friend". And then there’s Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, and the center of everything. If it wasn’t for her friend Ran, there would be nowhere to turn.
Ran is always calm, always positive. His mantra, “All will be well,” calms like nothing else. When he says it, Fern can almost believe. But when their lives are suddenly turned upside down, Fern feels more alone than ever, and responsible for the devastating event that wrenches the family apart. All will not be well. Or at least, all will never be the same.
©2012 Jo Knowles (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I enjoyed the story and the characters, and the author did an outstanding job of capturing their poignant feelings. I could deeply relate to them, and the performer enhances the experience by capturing the intonation and emotion perfectly.
I loved these characters, especially Fern and her brothers and sister. I could just see them at Harry's. Jo Knowles makes this family come alive as they deal with life and all its challenges and, as it turns out, tragedies. Kate Rudd is a brilliant reader, too.
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