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In the story,Kyra Latimer loses her husband early on to a freak accident. She is numb with depression, and can't imagine how she will move on beyond her grief.
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Everything quickly changes though from there, when a young woman appears. She has a small abused boy in tow with her. And she claims that Kyra gave her up for adoption 16 years ago, and that Jesse is her grandson. Kyra, knowing this is not true, yet sees the boy's obvious neglect, agrees to keep Jesse.

As it turns out after adopting Jesse, Kyra finds he is no ordinary child. He becomes quite ill suddenly, and the problem he faces is the worst news possible. Kyra is then forced to face a very hard choice, and that is whether or not she should honor the life-or-death decision on her son.
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On the day of Kyra's husband's funeral, a young woman claiming to be the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty years before shows up with her little boy. Believing Kyra is the boy's grandmother, she insists on leaving Jesse with her. Knowing she cannot be related to this woman or her child, Kyra nevertheless takes the boy and a powerful relationship develops between them. When Jesse becomes seriously ill, both Kyra and the boy are forced to make exceedingly difficult decisions.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Son because he/she is    -   physically ill Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   mother    -   son Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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