All Right Here

All Right Here is book one in Carre Armstrong Gardner's new The Darlings series. The description reads: "Ivy Darling can’t have children of her own, and her husband Nick’s resentment is forcing them apart. And while Ivy has the support and love of her large, close-knit family, Nick’s family has never welcomed her into the fold.

When the three children next door are abandoned by their mother, Ivy and Nick take them in for the night. One night becomes several, and suddenly Ivy and Nick find themselves foster parents to the only African-American kids in the town of Copper Cove, Maine. As Ivy grows more attached to the children, Nick refuses to accept their eclectic household as a permanent family. Just as Ivy begins to question whether or not she wants to save her emotionally barren marriage, Nick begins to discover how much Ivy and the children mean to him. But is his change of heart too little, too late?"

I was intrigued by the unusual story concept involving interracial foster parenting/adoption/infertility, so I decided to pick this one up. The story line was pretty interesting - there was quite a lot going on to keep the pace moving. The characters were well drawn and richly detailed and seemed to come to life. However, they were all unlikable in certain ways. At least they were realistic instead of perfect! Several aspects of the story seemed a bit hard to believe (how quickly the foster children bonded to Ivy, how "easy" it is to love children who aren't biologically your own, etc.). I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian fiction, especially in the area of adoption.


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