What an emotional, uplifting, and eye-opening read from Lisa Sorbe!
People don’t just wear masks. The majority of humans on this planet wear a shine. An overlay. A simple smile and nod, lips curved up at the edges, their pearly whites flashing. Their cheeks squeeze up, rosy apples begging to be pinched. The soft, barely-there lines around their eyes deepen, as if to prove they’ve done this before, that they smile all.the.time. As if those crinkles aren’t merely cracks in their armor but the actual armor itself.
Betsy may have the biggest shine of all. She is one of the most complicated and complex characters I’ve come across. The amount of growth she accomplishes from the beginning of the book until the end is amazing. She is a different person, and she has put in all the hard work to finally leave her painful past behind and move into her future, chasing the dreams that matter most to her. Lord knows she hasn’t gotten any support or love from the people she shares DNA with! Thankfully, she had Adair and her network of friends. As she said, “Maybe, for some of us, the family we grew up with is not the same we grow old with.” When we’re young, we are given a family, good or bad. But, as adults, we can choose the family we want and deserve!
Oh, Adair, what an amazing man! He is so patient with Betsy. He has loved her for quite a while, hiding his true feelings behind his friendship with her. It will take her a bit longer to realize exactly how she feels about Adair. I just kept hoping she would realize it before it was too late.
One of my favorite parts of a book, as I’ve written in other reviews, is the section about the author or their acknowledgements. It gives me an insight into who the writer is, and many times, their passion for writing shines through. I’ve always felt like there is a difference between a book and a story. Telling a story is what pulls me into a book, playing on my emotions and falling in love with the characters. Sorbe is definitely one heck of a storyteller whose words are pure magic!!!!