Lizzy Mitchell was raised from the age of two by her uncle, a Catholic priest. When she was nine, he was falsely accused of improprieties with her and dismissed from his church, and she was sent away to boarding school. Now thirty years old and in a failing marriage, she is nearly killed in a traffic accident. What she discovers when she sets out to find the truths surrounding the accident and about the accusations that led to her uncle’s death does more than change her life. With deft insight into the snares of the human heart, Monica Wood has written an intimate and emotionally expansive novel full of understanding and hope.

The novel starts with Lizzy’s accident, a hit and run, she mentions it is her memory. Then we go back in time to when she went to live with her uncle, Father Mike. The novel is written in the past, switching from Lizzy’s childhood and her recent memories after her accident. It also takes us back to Lizzy’s childhood to Father Mike’s point of view, but told in the third person. All this moving back and forth and from person to person may sound confusing, but it is done very skillfully and seamlessly, you are not really jumping around, just kind of flowing with the movement. As Lizzy moves toward the truth, there are some twists and surprises, one that I did not expect at all, yet it all seemed to fit. I enjoyed this book and recommend it.

About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

2 responses

  1. Bella Foxx says:

    Jo-Jo, I liked it to, I just haven’t had time to write my review, I will check out Shana’s. Thank you!

  2. Jo-Jo says:

    I read this one about a year or so ago and I did enjoy it. I think that Shana from Literarily recently posted a good review of this one.