Where Luck Meets Trust, Miracles Can HappenChristy Haviland served eight months in prison, giving birth behind bars to the child of the man who put her there and might yet destroy her. Now she’s free again, but what does that mean? As smart as she is, a learning disability has kept her from learning to read. And that’s the least of her hurdles.
Georgia Ferguson, talented educator, receives a mysterious charm bracelet that may help her find the mother who abandoned her at birth. Does she want to follow the clues, and if she does, can reticent Georgia reach out for help along the way?
Both women are standing at a crossroads, a place where unlikely unions can be formed. A place where two very different women might bridge the gap between generations and education, and together make tough choices.
Somewhere between the townships called Luck and Trust, at a mountain cabin known as the Goddess House, two very different women may even, if they dare, find common ground and friendship.–Description from Goodreads
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Somewhere Between Luck and trust” by Emilie Richards is a much deeper and more thoughtful book than I had expected. While many titles in this genre put the romance at the forefront of the novel and make it the focus, this author handled it different and it was a nice change. There are a couple of romantic threads in this novel, but it wasn’t the more prominent part of the story.
The main character has been through a lot, and unfairly accused of a crime she did not commit. She must now learn to adjust to life after her incarceration and find her place in the world.
This book deals with some very serious issues related to family, justice and dyslexia. It was interesting for me to see an author approach this subject (dyslexia) in a fictional novel. She did an excellent job of painting a portrait with words of the struggle and sorrow that comes along with this disorder. I really enjoyed her descriptions of the Goddess house and the people there. The characters are warm and compassionate and welcome the reader into their lives and homes.
Reading this book, you get a real sense of how important family is to the author and it shines through in the way she crafts her intricate characters and their histories. I was absorbed in this novel after the first chapter and became very involved in the story without effort. The innocence of the main character has you rooting for her success immediately.
The end wasn’t my favourite part. While I do see how the author came to the end and it was logical, it wasn’t exactly what I had hoped for in the terms of resolving all of the underlying issues of the characters and giving me a satisfactory result. Still, it answered all of my questions and didn’t leave me hanging, so I can’t really complain. The rest of the book was great regardless.
Overall, this was definitely worth a read, and although it was fiction, it made me stop and think about things. I look forward to reading further works from this author. If you are a fan of stories that have many layers and are well thought out, may I recommend this book.
This review is based on a digital review copy from the publisher, Harlequin–Mira.
* May I just say she has my respect—author and mother of four–Just saying:)
I’ve lived all over the country, and right now I’m a vagabond, along with my husband, searching for the next place to move. Florida seems to be taking the lead, the state where both is us were raised and met. I’m an avid gardener and quilter and the mother of four children, whom I regard as my greatest creative endeavors.