Faithful by Alice Hoffman


Book Blurb:

Release date: November 2016

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

My Review:

This book drew me in from the start.   Much of the story is centered in Huntington, NY where I was raised.   I’ll admit to being a bit biased but this story stands on its’ own.

I appreciated the main character Shelby growth from a broken pained teenager into an adult. Along the journey, we get share in Shelby’s evolution and the complexity of her life that transforms her into adulthood and back to herself.   Along the way Shelby hits some rough patches but manages to persevere through the worst of times.

I found the portrayal of Shelby’s parents very realistic.  The intertwining of her relationship with her mother and father is complex and ever changing.    Unlike most novels, it was hard to predict how the journey would end.

Unlike my other reviews, this book will not be available until November, so some patience is needed.   It is worth the wait.