I appreciated the realness of the story as it looked at growing up in the Caribbean in a small village and the effects that it had on both of the main characters in Trinidad and even after migrating to Boston. The certainty that your childhood stays with you and shapes you into the person you become or doesn’t become holds true and it was well portrayed.
I have to admit that I took a while to get accustomed to the fact that the story had two main voices because Bea had frequent flashbacks to her childhood when the second character, Tina was also a child. I did a bit of re-reading before I could find my bearings. Nevertheless once found, I read it with ease and comfort.
I would have liked to find out more about how Bea made the transition from patient to doctor after that final blow with her mother. She didn’t have any support to overcome it and she had a bad track record. Her character matured somewhere in the book to take that leap of faith in the end and I was waiting for the flashback to go through it with her. I am also a sucker for a happy romantic endings and I was looking forward to at least one, but my bubble got burst quickly especially with the good doctor. Ha!
I connected with Tina, a very strong character who was dealt a hard deal in life and she pushed back, sometimes too hard while forgetting to develop principles of her own. Life really isn’t about how much you fall and she persevered into my heart as I routed for her in spite of and would love to hear more about her story.
The book touched on many family issues and lifestyle consequences like incest, adultery, divorce, domestic violence and everything in between. This is my first read from the author Ingrid Persaud and I look forward to reading other books from her.
Marsha Gomes Mckie