Book Review: Maye's Request by: Clifford Henderson



Rating:
4/5

Publisher:
Bold Strokes Books

Publish Date:
January 25, 2011

Origins:
From Publisher for Review

Format:
Trade Paperback

Order From: 
Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
Brianna has a history of complicated relationships. Is it her family legacy?

Freshly out of college and possibly in love, Brianna Bell, aka Bean, worries that she'll never be able to have a normal relationship due to her screwy upbringing. Her parents form a perfect triangle: Mom, Dad, and her mother's lover - who also happens to be her dad's twin sister. The animosity between the twins is a valley of landmines. When her mom, Maye, is threatened with a rare and possibly fatal illness, she begs Bean to help heal the rift between brother and sister. Reluctantly, Bean tries. But the more Bean finds out about her parents' complicated history, the more she realizes how little she knows.

A story of love, longing, and family. 

Review: I read this sweet and heartbreaking story in one sitting. Bean has no idea of the depth of the rift between her parents - all three of them. Bean's mother, Maye, fell in love with Jake Bell and later with his twin sister Jen. Now that Maye's illness (Guillain–BarrĂ© syndrome) has brought them all back together, will the time together heal the rift or only rend them further apart? The story splits between the present and the twins' past giving the reader the full picture of how the relationships formed and fractured. Unfortunately, Bean was caught in between. I truly laughed out loud at some passages and cried at others. A beautifully written and touching story of love, healing, family, and truth. Ms. Henderson has made me an instant fan!



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