Saturday, June 21, 2014

Review: All Right Here by:Carre Armstrong Gardener

All Right Here (The Darlings #1)
About the Book:
Ivy Darling can't have children of her own, and her husband Nick's resentment is forcing them apart. And while Ivy has the support and love of her large, close-knit family, Nick's family has never welcomed her into the fold.When the three children next door are abandoned by their mother, Ivy and Nick take them in for the night. One night becomes several, and suddenly Ivy and Nick find themselves foster parents to the only African-American kids in the town of Copper Cove, Maine. As Ivy grows more attached to the children, Nick refuses to accept their eclectic household as a permanent family. Just as Ivy begins to question whether or not she wants to save her emotionally barren marriage, Nick begins to discover how much Ivy and the children mean to him. But is his change of heart too little, too late?

About the Author:
Carre writes from the big small town of Portland, Maine, where she's the mom of 3 teenagers and 2 dogs she would rather not own. (Only the dogs, not the teenagers.) From 2007 to 2010, she and her family lived in Russia, studying the language and doing humanitarian work.

Like most writers, Carre grew up with her nose in a book. The heroines who most informed her were smart, creative, independent thinkers like Anne Shirley, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames. Nancy proved that being a girl detective might just be the coolest career ever, but Cherry taught her that nursing was more practical. Carre compromised by becoming a nurse and marrying a sleuth.

Nearly every flat surface in Carre's home has books on it. The stories she loves most are those about the ordinary lives of ordinary people; she thinks of every life as a fascinating drama. Isn't each one of us the hero of our own story? She'd love for you to drop her a line and tell her yours!

My Review:
 Unable to have children of her own, Ivy Darling's marriage seemed to be falling apart. But when someone new moves into the neighborhood and leaves her children alone for several hours, it sparks something in Ivy. She had to be the saving grace for those children. Nick wasn't so quick to come to their aid, he felt that they were too chaotic for him. Ivy and Nick are having a hard time with it because this may be more than temporary, considering that their mother is missing.

 Each of their family members are split on the whole idea of these children coming into the family. Ivy's family is fine with it, but Nick's not so much. There is concern there because the children are black. Ivy feels like she is working against the current and she also feels her marriage will be in jeopardy as a result.

 The author manage to draw me in to feel so sincerely sad for Ivy and the three children that she felt were placed in her life for her to mother. I didn't want the story to end, I hope that we hear more about this family in future books. The story-line was a good, strong one full of real life problems and the author did an amazing job of tying it all together.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Fun.