The one word that I would use to describe this book is beautiful. Sere Prince Halverson did such a wonderful job with the writing and the imagery of Elbow that I was ready to buy a home. Within the first pages I was so attached to Ella and her extended family that I wanted to be part of the group. While the story definitely pulls at your heart strings you definitely learn the power of love through the bonds of a family. As a debut novel, I cannot wait to see what else this author has in store!
The many trials that Ella Beene goes through shows us that life never throws us more than we can handle, it just in the way that we look at it. Sere Prince Halverson shows us through many interweaving story lines that every action in life is affected by our previous choices. Sometimes those choices are hard but they are necessary. There were so many details in Ella’s early life that affected how she parented her two step children, Annie and Zach. We are shown clips of Ella’s childhood and the loss of her own father to her first marriage and finally the loss of her second husband. All of these pieces of her life help her to make some very tough and very final choices.
While I love the story of Ella Beene and her great and growing life and business, I am glad that the author left it the way she did, allowing us as the reader to imagine how amazing their life will become. Such an amazing story with a nearly fairy tale ending!
This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own