The story of Suzanna Duff is a tale of a woman who feels the need to lie in order to survive in life. She lost her mom when she was ten, her dad was an awful example of love, so on her own she decides to make her way in the world. Along the way, she got pregnant as a teen and had baby Annie to take care of, again without any support system. Hooking up with a drunk named Earl meant years of hopeless abuse, but Suzanna escaped and was determined to start a new life. At a bus stop in Georgia, she meets her destiny in the form of Ida, a widow who is seeking family and chooses to believe that Suzanna and Annie are family. Not meaning to continue to lie, Suzanna decides to harmlessly go along with Ida’s belief that she is Darla Jean, her long-lost step-granddaughter. I loved the way Suzanna was a strong female character with gumption and independence. Of course, I didn’t like her continued lies, but the author presented her dilemmas in such a way that they were understandable and fascinating. I was totally absorbed in “Darla Jean’s” story and how Annie kept making wishes that she saw fulfilled, one after another. The author does a great job of tying up all of the loose ends in Suzanna’s life and giving her reason to hope for a better future. I love happy endings, and Suzanna’s was particularly appreciated since she suffered so much to get there. That’s not to say that everyone in the book had a happy ending; you will have to read it to find out who does and who doesn’t end up with happy endings. Fans of women’s fiction will really enjoy this book that offers a laugh or two, a happy ending and a hope for more wishes come true for little Annie. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but I will look for more by her since this was a perfect book to read during this current pandemic…offering hope and healing and second chances at love and happiness.
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