Friday, June 10, 2016

The Ones Who Matter Most by Rachael Herron

4 Star

After her husband dies unexpectedly, Abby Roberts comes across something startling: wedding photographs of him with another woman, along with pictures of a baby boy. Shocked, Abby does something utterly impulsive: She embarks on a journey to discover the family her husband apparently left behind.

Money has always been tight for single mom Fern Reyes, and never tighter than now. But this month, in place of a child-support check, her ex's pretty, privileged wife appears on her doorstep with far too many questions. Unfortunately, her young son is so taken with Abby that Fern doesn’t have the heart to send her away.

What begins as one woman’s search for truth becomes a deep bond forged between the unlikeliest of people, and the discovery that there are many ways to make a family—as long as you take care...

Kathryn- 4 Star

The plot in The Ones Who Matter Most held some surprises from the beginning with Abby’s relationship with her husband and I really liked the strength that Rachael Herron strove for in her characters from the start. Abby was a woman who knew her mind, she may have been slightly nervous but her heart was certainly telling her that her marriage was over- she just wasn’t expecting any of the things that happened next.

I immediately liked Abby, she was obviously intelligent and determined but she was also a little bit flaky on daily life and organisation and her quirks made me warm to her.  By contrast it took me a touch longer to warm to Fern as her very nature was a bit stand-off’ish. As her story comes out through the novel you can see why she’s guarded and careful.  The link between the two women, though somewhat obvious, was actually still a surprise to me!  I loved the way the author had Abby discover the relationship between Fern and her husband and let each detail out slowly over time. There were so many layers to uncover about their past and then the many intricacies of their becoming friends themselves spread out through the rest of the plot.

Each relationship in this book was poignant. The sweet bond between Fern and her son, the fun-loving relationship between Matty’s grandfather and his partner and the way Fern cares for them both, the sibling bond between Fern and her brother… the list of beautiful ties goes on and Abby becomes another link in their solid chain. I loved the intricacies of the bonds created by Rachael Herron.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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