How much more can you give when you’ve already given everything? In Colleen Faulkner’s affecting, thought-provoking new novel, the mother of a pregnant teenager discovers there are no easy answers—and that a mistake-proof life may not be worth living . . .
Liv Ridgely prides herself on being the responsible wrangler of all things family: stay at home mom, caretaker of elderly parents, supporter of husband Oscar’s career, savior of her wayward sister. Now, with her son off to college, and her ambitious daughter, Hazel, a year away from following him, it’s Liv’s turn. She’s even established her dream career of bringing beautiful old homes back to life in the most picturesque part of Maine.
Until she learns that 16-year-old Hazel is three months pregnant.
Hazel insists she will have the baby and raise him with her boyfriend, Tyler, who’s no one’s idea of a model father. Clearly, there are going to be some conflicts to iron out.
Liv just doesn’t expect them to be with her husband.
As it turns out, Liv and Oscar have very different ideas about what to do. Perhaps it’s because Liv, who was adopted, has a unique perspective on this baby’s future. And perhaps it’s because, as a mother, she knows better than anyone how Hazel’s young life will be changed forever.
As the family fractures in every direction, past resentments and pain come tumbling out. After years of putting others first, Liv wonders if she can do what’s best for her daughter, her parents, and her marriage—while still being true to herself.
Praise for the novels of Colleen Faulkner
“Faulkner deftly touches on issues of trust, love, the pain of loss, and renewal through each character’s eyes in this emotionally charged and thought-provoking novel that will pull at readers’ heartstrings.”
“Satisfying. . . . Through multiple points of view, Faulkner crafts a cast of flawed, realistic characters, and the story’s intense emotion will resonate with readers.”
What Makes A Family
“Faulkner has created a quick read with an intriguing and well-developed cast of characters who will appeal to fans of Laura Moriarty and Luanne Rice.”
As Close As Sisters
“As Close as Sisters shares the emotions of four very different women and their personal journeys through heartbreak, hope, and joy. Faulkner addresses serious topics that will evoke both tears and laughter while leaving readers contemplating the unbreakable bonds of friendship.”
Just Like Other Daughters
“This deeply moving story of maternal love and renewal will touch your heart. It’s a celebration of the capacity of the human heart to heal itself and embrace change, beautifully written with rare insight.”
—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author