by Dina Silver
Published by Lake Union Publishing
Genre: women’s fiction
4.5 / 5
Late in this book, there is a moment that will overwhelm you with its emotional impact. And in this moment, Dina Silver proves how smart of a writer she is. She does not tell you what’s said between two characters. She shows you. She depicts their actions, letting you see, from a distance, how these two people interact, revealing to you their feelings. It is a powerful moment, one that Silver imparts with poignant – but minimal – detail.
That’s what makes this book so remarkable: Silver’s ability to tell a story largely through showing.
The two women at the center of the book each are forced to react to their circumstances without knowing why they are in the positions in which they find themselves. They do not know why their husbands behave as they do, yet they have to decide how they will respond. And that’s life, isn’t it? We never have all the answers, yet we have to make decisions based on what we know at the time.
Ann Marie’s story begins the book, and Silver immediately plunges you into a mystery focused on her about which Ann Marie is unaware: “I can’t believe you’re the little girl.” Silver then takes you into the perspective of Catherine, Ann Marie’s mother. You learn about her privileged upbringing in Greenwich, Connecticut, and her passionate, whirlwind romance and quick marriage to Gabriel, a Lebanese man who soon takes her back to his homeland. Through Gabriel, Silver shows – again, shows – cultural differences, borne both of time and place. You understand that Gabriel represents freedom to Catherine, even as you hold your breath, knowing that something terrible will happen. Meanwhile, Ann Marie struggles with the demise of her marriage. All the while, Silver builds to an emotional crescendo, one that will leave you grabbing for tissues.
There are moments in this book that are fraught with anxiety and tension, and there are moments that are sweetly beautiful and even romantic. Silver lets some things remain a mystery, which makes the impact of what you do know all the more powerful.
I enjoyed this book tremendously. Catherine and Ann Marie are stronger than they realize. And when they feel themselves showing weakness, they are best served by Catherine’s adage: “Put your pearls on and fake it.”
He knows the one thing that would destroy me would be to separate me from my daughter…
Catherine Clarke defied her family’s expectations when she married Gabriel, a handsome Lebanese businessman. After moving to Gabriel’s homeland and welcoming a baby daughter, Catherine knew she had to acclimate herself to the strange new world. Yet both her husband and her surroundings became more volatile and threatening than she could have ever imagined.
When Gabriel forbids her to return to the States, Catherine devises a plan to deceive him, but she vastly underestimates how far he will go to punish her. And after her daughter, Ann Marie, is abducted and taken deep into the mountains of Beirut—protected by family, culture, and law—the only thing on Catherine’s side is the fierceness of a mother’s love. She’s prepared to move heaven and earth to find her child.
Told from alternating points of view—that of a daughter whose past is a mystery and of a mother with painful secrets to share—this profoundly moving story of impossible risks will resonate with anyone whose love has no boundaries.
About the Author:
Dina Silver is an author, a wine drinker, a lover of cheese fries, and an excellent parallel parker.
She is the author of SIX books: No Time To Blink, The Unimaginable, Kat Fight, Finding Bliss, Whisper if You Need Me, and One Pink Line, which was chosen as a 2012 Top Title by IndieReader and was a finalist in their 2012 Discovery Awards.
Dina lives with her husband, son, and twenty-pound tabby cat in suburban Chicago where she also works as a realtor. When she’s not writing books or selling homes, she’s likely watching Netflix or wandering the aisles of her local grocery trying to decide what to make for dinner.
Review copy provided from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.