Friday, November 04, 2011 Posted by Dina N
Isabel Gallegos is only a handshake away from living her dream life. After years of putting everyone else's needs before her own, she's selling her family's vineyard and moving to a quiet cottage on the California coast. But just as she's about to seal the deal, a letter arrives from Argentina with shocking news: Her beloved cousin has died and Isabel is now the sole guardian of three young children.
Still holding on to her dream, Isabel travels to Argentina. There she meets little Julieta, the cherubic baby of the family; eight-year-old Adelmo, as hot-tempered as his sister is sweet; and ten-year-old Sandra, whose heart-shaped face and quiet confidence remind Isabel so much of her late cousin. She tells herself to let the children go, to leave them in the care of their grandmother or perhaps their long-lost uncle who abruptly reappears. Or should she listen to her ex-husband, who is suddenly at her side, urging her to give the children - and him - a chance?
If she's willing to take a risk, three tiny strangers just might change Isabel's life in ways she's never imagined.
Say You'll Be Mine is the story of a middle-aged woman who becomes an overnight parent, having to step in as guardian to her young cousins. Isabel has spent her entire life doing what's expected of her and has no desire to continue - even if she has to turn down her deceased relative's wish. She is a successful businesswoman but feels she has failed miserably in other ways. Isabel has divorced her husband, shelved her personal and professional dreams, and never had the children she desperately wanted. Still, she has no desire to take care of anyone's kids and resents the obligation. Isabel feels she will fail as an adoptive mother, contrary to the opinion of everyone else around her.
Say You'll Be Mine takes an honest albeit fictional look at motherhood, family, and personal fulfillment. The characters are a tad one-dimensional and the ending is hardly surprising but I enjoyed getting there.
Say You'll Be Mine by Julia Amante is new from Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.