Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Corgi Books
Genre: Fiction, Romance
The story begins with a happy-go-lucky American family, the Whittaker’s. After ten years of Tommy, John and Liz have Annie. Annie is five now.
Parallel is the story of a completely different family. A pig-headed father, an equally boorish brother, a submissive mother, and a sparkling brilliant young girl with full of wit and intelligence, who got herself pregnant at a prom night.
Maribeth, the young struggling teenager is put in a convent, until she gives away the child she is bearing. But, Maribeth runs away, employing herself at a local highway restaurant. Due to an unexpected and major loss, the Whittaker’s family is torn up apart since Christmas. Since then Tommy have had been a regular visitor at the local highway restaurant. At this juncture, the two vibrant and young teenagers get to know each other, and gradually become friends.
Later, Tommy learns about her pregnancy and what comes further, is a comfort the strangers provide.
NUTs and BOLTs
- It is a story of hope and positivity. The protagonists’ are just sixteen yet hopeful. It’s been a good read. I’ve been emotionally attached to all the characters from chapter one. The death of a five year old, got me tears. a sixteen year old pregnant girl abandoned by his family, made me numb. She gave high lessons on positivity and hope.
- The synopsis gives zero detail on what you’re about to be getting into.
- Maribeth is rational and has the best self-control and, selflessness.
- The friendship and budding romance is cute.
The story puts ahead two core lessons for the reader:
- There is a reason for everyone who enters your life, and there is also a reason for their leaving.
- Not everyone is meant to be part your life forever, but some are only there to bring a ‘gift’.
There are no guarantees in life, only promises and whispers.