Saturday, June 16, 2012
Charlie's Girl/Mary Helen&Daniel Foxx
"Fourteen-year-old Rosalind has always been a foster girl without a past, until she’s sent to live with a long-lost grandmother in a house full of memories—and secrets. Soon Rosalind discovers that there’s more to her family history than she ever dreamed. Set in 1960s South Carolina, this unforgettable story of family, friendship, and faith is perfect for readers of all ages."
Rosalind became an orphan when she was still a baby after being in a car crash that killed both her parents. Going from foster home to foster home until at age 14, her grandmother Grace finally is able to find her and bring her back to where her father grew up in South Carolina.
Grace, having lost her son (Charlie) and her husband (Sam) the same day, brings her into shock and depression. Finally after 11 years of loss she realizes she still has her granddaughter Rosalind. On first meeting, Grace is disapointed to see that Rosalind looks nothing like her dear Charlie but exactly like her sons wife Nellie. She never really liked Nellie, and thought she was leading her son away from her and their beliefs.
This book shows a mother's loss, but also a granddaughters gain. They need each other, even though at first it is difficult. Rosalind, with the help of Grace and her new friend Emily are able to find information on her family, through a geneology assignment at school.
If you are a fan of Geneology will will enjoy this book! I was sad when it ended where it did, it left me wondering about Rosalind's mother and her family.....Maybe there will be a sequel called Nellie's Girl??! All the way through it tugged at my heart strings. The love of a family is so important especially when hearts need healing. The Author's brought love, hope, friendship, sadness, heartache, and faith all in one. It was a sweet and enduring book. I know I want to delve more into my family history now!