Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Underside of Joy by Sere Prince Halverson

Ella Beene is a happy wife and stepmother in the little town of Elbow, California where her husband runs the store he has inherited from his grandfather. Ella dotes on her stepchildren, six-year-old Annie, and three-year-old Zach, and loves her husband Joe.

But things can change in the blink of an eye, without warning. One summer day Joe, whose hobby is photography, breaks his own rule—Never turn your back on the ocean—and is killed by a rogue wave.

At the funeral, Joe’s first wife, the beautiful, aloof and poised blonde Paige, reappears, after having walked out on her family three years ago. During those three years, Ella has been the only mother the children have known, but Paige doesn’t really care, she is determined to win custody of her children.

This is an engrossing family drama, about how hard it is to do the right thing and to even know sometimes what the right thing is.

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