Nicky Dillon was sad when her family was torn apart. She and her family relocated from New York to New Hampshire to escape the tragic event that happened back in New York. They make an unexpected discovery of an infant abandoned in the snow. The baby changes their lives and brings back painful memories. Nicky and her father see that the baby goes to a proper home where it will be taken care of.
As unexpected as the baby was, the 'visitor' who ends up at their door just a few days later gives off even more of a surprise. Nicky and her father find themselves helping this stranger while also helping themselves come to terms with what happened back in New York. This 'visitor' has many questions regarding the baby they have found. As they get to know her, they realize they are going through a similar situation of loss and finding the strength to go on with their lives.
The book is set in December and the harshness of the weather plays into the mood of the book. Throughout the book, they realize that things happen for a reason and that they still have each other. This inspires the father to begin a relationship with a woman- something he hadn't yet been able to do since they had come to New Hampshire.
This is a wonderful coming of age story about a young girl and her father coming to terms with a tremendous loss in their family and realizing that not all is lost. At the very end, they ensure the safety of the baby and feel at peace with the family that took her in.
This report prepared by Jaime
Little, Brown, Oct 2004, 25.95, 304 pp.
Thirty years old Nicky looks back just prior to Christmas 1983. In New Hampshire, twelve years old Nicky Dillon and her father Robert walk in the woods when they find an abandoned newborn female with the umbilical cord still attached. They take the blood drenched infant to the nearest hospital while the police search for the parents. The incident shakes both Dillons to the core because it serves as a fragile reminder of life; two years ago Nicky's mother and her one-year-old sister died in a car crash in Westchester County.
Not long after the baby survives her ordeal, the nineteen years old mother Charlotte arrives at the Dillon home to learn how her infant is doing. Robert wants Charlotte to leave as he is feels nothing but contempt for her, but refuses to turn her into the police. A blizzard forces Robert to allow the still fatigued Charlotte to remain in his home.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner