Haley Summer wants to give her neighbor a special birthday gift so she writes a letter to McMillan Charitable Foundation requesting help finding the son her neighbor gave up for adoption 22 years ago. Haley’s letter causes a chain of events that no one expects or anticipates and brings about changes in her neighbors life, her mom’s life, and the lives of two people at McMillan Corporation, Keith and David. As Keith’s adoptive mom says to him, “we are all shaped by our backgrounds…” Many characters in this book are trying to reconcile their past and move toward a new future. I thought it was a heartwarming story and enjoyed reading about how the new relationships generated by Haley’s letter developed and blossomed. My favorite character was Maureen because she always seemed to have an encouraging word and she exhibited grace and wisdom. My other favorite character was Haley, with her sunny disposition and her candor. In her unfiltered way, Haley was able to express sentiments when the adults were afraid to expose their feelings. And it was her expressions of truth that brought relationships together. I also appreciated that not everything was resolved perfectly, mimicking real life, making the story more believable.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction and with a cast of likable characters.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for an honest review.