Saturday, February 20, 2010

(22) The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle


I had a serious sense of dejavu when reading this book. I think I have read it before. It was originally published in 2005, before I started blogging, so it is entirely possible. But, it was a great book and I don't regret reading it again.

The Kindness of Strangers is one of those books that will rip your heart out. The subject matter, child abuse & child pornography, is pretty brutal. Reading the "bad" parts will leave your heart hurting. But the beauty of a good author (and a good story)is that while she may rip your heart in one chapter, she is likely to make it up to you in other chapters with a little bit of joy.

The Kindness of Strangers is the story of Sarah and her sons Danny & Nate. They are struggling through life after the death of their husband and father. Sarah has relied pretty heavily upon her neighbors and friends to get through those dark years after his death. Their world is shattered once again when Sarah's best friend and her husband are accused of unspeakable crimes against children. Including their own son, Jordan.

When Sarah agrees, at the urging of her oldest son, Nate, to foster Jordan, she realizes that the Kendricks were not the people she thought. It is a tough thing to stomach. She just hopes it is not too late to show Jordan how a family can really be.

Powerful and heart-wrenching. The story will suck you in and your arms will ache to gather Jordan into a hug. Yet as the pages go by, you are hopeful that they will all have a happy ending. The Kindness of Strangers is a fabulous read, but be sure to keep the hankies close. You will need them.

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