It is the winter of 1964 and a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. First comes his son, a perfect healthy boy. Then his daughter is born and Dr. Henry realizes that she has Down’s syndrome. David makes a split second decision and gives this daughter to his nurse, Caroline Gill, telling her to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, Caroline disappears with the child, deciding to raise the baby herself. Little does David Henry know that this decision is something that will effect his life as well as the lives of his loved ones.
I’ve had multiple people tell me what an amazing book this is and although I’d read the back several times in both bookstores and the library I always passed it up. However, I finally decided to give in and I must say I’m glad I did. Although I was slow to get into the book, this story is something that was hard to deny. It was almost heartbreaking to see the way that David Henry’s choice sculpted his family’s life and his own, not to mention Caroline Gill’s. Although you want to dislike David at first for what he did you quickly find that David has things from his past that may have caused him to do what he did and you can’t help but feel very sad for him. I think that the author, Kim Edwards, did a really good job at writing this. Each character seemed so real and in the end this made me want to live my life with every bit of happiness I could find but also to be careful of the decisions that I make.
I will say that at times I had a hard time keeping with the story BUT that in the end I am so, so happy that I finally read this novel and I’d really suggest it to anyone looking for a good (but kind of sad) read.