Oh my goodness, I loved this book so much! I was so invested in the characters that I absolutely raced through it. I wanted Margaret to be my best friend, Kitty to be my sister, and Ian to be my forever book boyfriend…I have a major weakness for the strong but silent types 😉
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away because, even though it’s not exactly a shocking twisty thriller, it’s still one where it’s best to experience it along with the characters. What I will say is that I was incredibly moved by Margaret’s arc, the strength and resilience she showed, and the messages about service and purpose. And to be very clear, “strength” in this context is not the idealized or glamorized version of strength that we often get fed in stories about overcoming tragedies. It’s the strength that comes from allowing her to have honest moments of weakness, of despair, of doubt. Center brings a frank and realistic approach to telling Margaret’s story that I found refreshing and infinitely more impactful than those overly dramatized alternatives.
After I finished this one, I immediately went and put a library hold on her next novel, THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE. I can already tell she’s going to become an auto-read author for me. If you haven’t read this yet, drop whatever you’re doing and pick it up!