Summary

From the award-winning author of A Watershed Year comes a heartrending story of unlikely bonds made under dire straits. Holly is a young widow with two kids living in a ramshackle house in the same small town where she grew up wealthy. Now barely able to make ends meet editing the town's struggling newspaper, she manages to stay afloat with help from her family. Then her mother suffers a stroke, and Holly's world begins to completely fall apart.
Vivian has lived an extraordinary life, despite the fact that she has been confined to an iron lung since contracting polio as a child. Her condition means she requires constant monitoring, and the close-knit community joins together to give her care and help keep her alive. As their town buckles under the weight of the Great Recession, Holly and Vivian, two very different women both touched by pain, forge an unlikely alliance that may just offer each an unexpected salvation.
©2014 Susan Schoenberger (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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3 out of 5 stars
By KJW on 25-08-18

A very depressing book.

Holly, a recent widow with two small boys, struggles financially through the entire book. Holly is one of many in a community who helps care for Vivian, a polio victim restricted to an iron lung.
The book trudged on and on with one piece of bad news after another. The ending, which is meant to make reading the book worth the time, didn't.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Peachesnbeal on 07-06-18

Not sure if this was based on a true story or not

Either way it is a fabulously written book. I will admit, I would be like a lot of people and wouldn't be able to handle seeing Viv on a daily basis. The strength in these women amaze me! Will definitely read more from this author!

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