By Jacquelyn Mitchard
A poor twist of fate has left little Keefer orphaned yet now not undesirable. Devastated by way of his cherished sister's tragic loss of life, twenty-four-year-old bachelor Gordon McKenna assumes that he'll be entrusted with elevating his niece, whom he has grown super with regards to over the few worthwhile months of Keefer's lifestyles. however the kid's paternal grandparents have various ideas—and a fierce criminal conflict ensues that may try the ability and boundaries of kin love repeatedly . . . and nobody will emerge from it unscathed or unchanged. Jacquelyn Mitchard, whose strong, emotionally wealthy novels have gained resounding serious acclaim and a large, enthusiastic viewers all over the world, brings us a hovering, heartbreaking, and unforgettable story of affection and the bonds that unite us all.
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Stay here, they said, an octave of basso voices, no one voice seeming to issue from any one man, no, son, don’t go any closer, nothing you can do for them now. Then Dale Larsen came mincing down the hill in the delicate, balletic way of some big older men, and his presence—representative of the safe, decent, obscenely unchanged atmosphere—triggered a collapse. Sheriff Larsen was part of the stable world. Gordon had once leched for Larsen’s daughter, the hot, wild girl who looked like Joan Jett, who’d been Homecoming Queen in Georgia’s year.
He would give her these few last moments of innocent play with Keefer. Nor would he call his Aunt Nora. She was as brave as a bear, but for all her homespun daffiness Gordon could never quite believe that the same twentieth century that had produced his own parents had also produced Aunt Nora. Nora had told Gordon not long ago she didn’t need to know all the whys and wherefores, that she would ask Georgia about it someday, in heaven. But heaven, Gordon thought, as he carefully parked his car a prudent distance up on the dry shoulder of the road, had been only a concept when Nora made that statement.
Methodical or something. They would say he shouldn’t even be thinking of the future at a time like this. They always said that. And it was always bullshit. Well, he’d tried slowing down to the polite pace, and he had no tal-ent for it. Georgia loved to tell the story of Gordie’s first attempt at heroic sensitivity. Her name was Taylor, and for the first semester of college, a mere whiff of her Vanilla Bean sun lotion was a ticket to his instant erection. But fall melted into winter and then spring, and he’d got eyes for this peppery little New Yorker in his water-quality engineering lab, and that meant facing the inevitable kiss-off confrontation over caffeine.