Format: Kindle edition
I received a copy of this book as a gift in exchange for my honest review.
One thing that captured my eye from the beginning was the Headline type title. This read like something from the newspaper. The book starts with a young couple in the hospital waiting for their new baby. They decide to adopt the child even though they are told the child is born blind, will never walk or talk and may be mentally disabled. They name her Baby because they believe she will always be that way. From the very beginning it is evident that her mother, named Rivers, loves Baby no matter what. She sees so much more potential than most people. As we read we learn that Rivers husband is a highly respected deputy sheriff. I believed he was apprehensive about adopting a child like this until I read about how highly he thought of his hunting dogs over Baby. He reverses their role and brings them into the house and places this young child out in a dog pen to live. I was appalled on so many levels. Every time Rivers brings baby into the house, Baby is taken back outside and put back in the pen. Her food is placed in a dog dish. When her mom tries to intervene she is beaten.
This was a fantastic book. The characters were so believable that was empathetic to their situation from the very beginning. I fell in love with Baby from the beginning. I hated the Deputy almost from the beginning. It felt like he allowed the adoption just to give his wife something to do. I was so engrossed in the book that I read it during every spare minute I had, which wasn’t much, just to find out how things would work out. If you want a book with that human touch to it, that will keep you on the edge of your seat reading, then this is the book for you. I would definitely read more by this author.