One Pink Line by Dina Silver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am amazed at the level of interest I had for an ordinary and not at all unusual topic. The entire story was laid out with no surprises, no cliffhangers, no violence and danger, yet the story glued me. Perhaps it is the innate honesty of the double narrators, and the interleaving of two different first person narratives, a mother and daughter several years apart.
The title of the book already gives away the main conflict, an unwanted pregnancy. The main narrator, Sydney, is the one who receives the verdict of the pink line. She has a way of being calm in the eye of a storm, strong and mature about the situation she faces. She makes the right decision for herself and never looks back, even when it meant losing the man she loves.
Granted there is no angst about the happy ending. It was practically presented at the beginning when the daughter, Grace, appears on the scene. Yet, I was still interested to see how the drama would unfold. It was heartwarming how family pulled together, and true love survived. The big hearts of most of the people in the story made me want to hug all of them (except for one character) at the end. I felt as if they had been my friends and I had lived through this experience with them.
Ms. Silver has the ability to stimulate reader interest without plot devices such as dangerous car chases, a villain bent to kill, and stupid misunderstandings between lovers. Instead, Sydney behaves with great maturity and I believe this is the key in getting at least this reader to like her and root for her. Kudos to Ms. Silver on this wonderfully warm and cozy tale.
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