Losing one’s identity could be one theme of this book. Christina, the main character, has hers taken away when the “Poor Farm” kitchen catches fire and everyone has to live elsewhere temporarily. She’s spent most of her life caring for others and feeling an obligation to be a little overprotective at times. You see, the home is for children and adults who might be disabled or for other reasons.
In a way, the kitchen fire is a way of returning Christina’s identity and purpose. She is forced to rely others for help and it’s very hard for her to ask. One little boy, Tommy, blinded by an accident, is especially dear to her heart. She has to take him to the town loner, Levi, and ask that he care for the little guy.
It’s through Tommy, the townspeople, and the kindness of strangers that Christina realizes she can be herself without using the “Poor Farm” and the residents for establishing who she is. Levi, on the other hand, comes to conclusion that being alone isn’t so great after all. Being included is kind of nice and he discovers that others do like and care for him too. Tommy learns to trust and with Levi’s help, learns to do for himself. I like Levi’s attitude in that he won’t enable Tommy to always depend on others when he can do for himself.
Ms. Sawyer, I give this book 5 stars!
I received this free copy from Waterbrook Press in exchange for reviewing it.
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