Donna VanLiere uses language that rips your heart out and then leaves you rolling on the floor laughing. I wish I could quote all of my favorites but here are just a few. "I darted away from that hospital faster than a fish when you poke your finger in the water at it."
I really like this one too. "…the basket of good intentions you've been toting around, the trunk of dreams you've been pulling behind you-all of it is gone in an instant, and it's just you , naked, bare, exposed."
The protagonist, Ivorie, has to make a life changing choice after her mother passes away. She has to decide which man she's going to give her heart to and with Ivory, this isn't a simple decision because she never does anything halfway. A fine bachelor starts coming around and when he forces her hand, she describes it like this- "the katydids are singing in the tops of the trees but I no longer hear them, George's words have swallowed all the sound…This is the same man who had her swooning- "something sloshing around inside her every time he kisses her."
But there's another man, a little man who has been sneaking into her garden. She discovers a very young boy who is horribly abused, starving and has been sodomized.
Although she's been single all of her thirty years and would love to be with George, her heart goes to the little boy. She pulls him out of his shattered shell and embraces him into her life.
George wants nothing to do with it and although Olivia is sad, her life is too full with the boy to worry about some closed hearted man whose stuck in his ways and refuses to change.
My favorite part of this book wasn't just the story. It was the authors sumptous way with words. She knows how to paint with them. I loved her writing.