Patrick Yager Delagrange
Maddy McCray lives a
hard scrabble life, working as a waitress at the Monte Rio Café in a
little town on California’s Russian River. Abandoned by her mother when
she was a teenager, then by her two worthless boyfriends, she is
nonetheless grateful for the rustic cabin where she lives—and for
Cheryl, the older and wiser waitress who watches over her while Maddy
anticipates the birth of her baby.
Then one night Maddy goes into
labor prematurely and loses her precious baby. The loss is almost more
than the distraught 22-year-old can bear. A few days later she discovers
a tiny infant in a dumpster behind the café. An abandoned baby, a baby
no one wants, a baby who will wind up in a string of foster homes. But
Maddy wants the baby. She names her Judith.
Maddy resolves to
take the money in her tip jar and move to the Bay Area, where she can
get a better-paying job and study to become a nurse, to be better than
the things her momma said about her. But how can Maddy take care of
little Judith, work and go to school? (from Night Owl Reviews)
Everything today is so modern, so rushed, even romance. But this book is refreshing, it will tug at your heartstrings and you will probably shed a tear or two. It is about a lovely person, a woman named Maddy who has had issues for years. Maddy's mother had abandoned her when very young. Maddy had the heartache, at a young tender age, of losing a baby that she carried. Maddy wanted to be loved so badly and she didn't have that.She seemed to be abandoned by everyone, mother, father, and even boyfriends. Maddy, one day finds a baby in a dumpster. Then her life began to change. She moved, with her friend and co-worker's help, went to school to be a nurse. Things seem to be going good until the baby she had found and was raising develops some health issues. She then finds she must tell her secret. The fact that she had kept this abandoned baby as her own. But through it all, she finds something she has been looking for for years, love. Someone to love and someone to love her.
I loved this book. It is what a lot of us feel. We want someone to love us, really love us and we want to love back. Often times, that doesn't happen in life. The author wrote a rather sad book, but one you can relate to by your own experience, or that of someone you know. It shows that there is someone out there that can give and receive the love you have. It also opens your eyes or perhaps, re-opens your eyes. Children are abandoned everyday, sometimes discarded as though they are trash. Left to fend for themselves or put in someone's care who doesn't really want them. So their lives are loveless. That is so sad. We often take for granted that love we have for someone and that love that someone has for us. Where would we be without that love? Think about it. Think about how Maddy felt! The author wrote a wonderful eye opener, thought provoking book. It is so real even though it is fiction. Maddy had "guts" even with all she went through. The author described Maddy with such detail, her feelings and her life, that you felt you wanted to be able to reach out and hug Maddy and love Maddy.
I received a copy of this book from Night Owl Reviews and the author and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
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