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What's Left Behind
What's Left Behind
Author: Lorrie Thomson
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ISBN-13: 9780758293305
ISBN-10: 0758293305
Publication Date: 8/26/2014
Pages: 336
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Kensington House Pub Ltd
Book Type: Paperback
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Abby suffers the worst thing a parent can go through, the death of her son Luke in a senseless accident.

While I thought this book would examine more of Abby's feelings for her son, the book was more about Abby and her life.

She and Charlie were teenagers, headed to college, when she got pregnant. She was ready to start the next part of their lives together (ie marriage, etc) but Charlie left her for college.
bby, herself was the product of a teenage liasion that left her mother, Lily Beth pregnant at 16. Abby doesn't know who her father was.

Charlie continues to weave in and out of Abby's life and he did have a good relationship with their son.

A few months following Luke's death, his girlfriend, Tessa, turns up at Abby's door and she's pregnant. She's not sure what she wants to do. Tessa has her own problems, including being abandoned by her mother. bby hopes to adopt Tessa and Luke's child.

Mixed in isthe new landscape architect, Rob. His daughter Grace went to the same high school as Luke. Although she didn't know him, she knew of him. Rob and Abby quickly develop feelings for each other but Grace is headed to college and Rob doesn't want to raise another child.

So we have a lot of characters and we watch how they all interact with Abby. At some times, Luke seems almost like an afterthought to the story. I didn't care for Tessa, although I could understand her.

I sometimes wanted to yell at Abby, who was waffling between Charlie and Rob that she didn't need a man right now. She needed to put her life back in order without a huge Luke-shaped hole in it.

However, I liked the way it written and I really liked Abby, Lily Beth and Rob. I was interested to see how everything would turn out. Would Tessa let Abby adopt her own grandchild or was she determined that the baby have two parents? Would Abby ever decide between Charlie or Rob? Would Rob stick around if Abby had the care of her grandchild?

I would give this a solid 4.5 stars.