Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I Couldn't Love You More

I Couldn't Love You More
Jilliam Medoff

I Couldn't Love You More
Genre: Women's Fiction

Summary (from Goodreads):  Which child would you save? A decision no parent can even fathom. Eliot Gordon would do anything for her family. A 38-year-old working mother, she lives an ordinary but fulfilling life in suburban Atlanta with her partner, Grant Delaney, and their three daughters. The two older girls are actually Eliot's stepdaughters, a distinction she is reluctant to make as she valiantly attempts to maintain a safe, happy household . . . Then Finn Montgomery, Eliot's long-lost first love, appears, triggering a shocking chain of events that culminates in a split-second decision that will haunt her beloved family forever. How Eliot survives-and what she loses in the process-is a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever loved a child. With hilarious honesty, wrenching depth, and a knockout twist, I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE illuminates the unbreakable bonds of family and reveals the lengths we'll go to save each other, even as we can't save ourselves.

Review: This was a well-written, easy to read and yet thought-provoking book.  It's the story of a suburban mother caring for her daughter and two step-daughters, who makes the obviously bad choice of getting involved with her college love, resulting in a tragic accident.  While the first half of the book focused on relationships between sisters, mothers and daughters, long-lost loves and marriage, the second half dealt with redemption and forgiveness, and it was this part that I couldn't put down. 

It had some flaws in my mind; namely, the main character's tolerant relationship with her overly dramatic sister, her support of her boyfriend's ex-wife, and her crazy bad judgment in resurrecting a relationship with her old college boyfriend who had no redeeming qualities.  But these were overshadowed by the believability of the mother's thoughts and emotions.

This would make a good book club book; there would be a lot to discuss!

Rating: 3.5 stars

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