Once again, I was drawn to this book first by the cover. Isn't it beautiful? And then the synopsis grabbed my attention. I love stories like this, womOnce again, I was drawn to this book first by the cover. Isn't it beautiful? And then the synopsis grabbed my attention. I love stories like this, women who come to lean on each other to get through their tough times.
And these two women have had it rough. Katherine's father was abusive and her mother wasn't strong enough to stand up to him. And then she finds herself pregnant. Celeste's parents take off right after her graduation and she is pretty much left on her own. Katherine and Celeste find each other and form a friendship of sorts, not really like mother and daughter, but close enough.
Celeste leaves to go to culinary school but something happens to her while she's away and she runs back to the only place she can call home. Katherine wants to help, but Celeste won't open up to her.
'Even when her chest convulsed, she squeezed her eyes shut and told herself to get over herself. She told herself to deal with it. Because she acted like a sex-crazed slut. Because she'd remembered who she was.'
Katherine has a secret of her own, something she hasn't ever shared with Celeste or even with her ex-husband. In fact, this secret is what is tearing them apart.
'For twenty-seven years, Katherine had been focused in her father's word, the supposed harbinger of doom. You're going to be sorry. What if the past twenty-seven years, she'd focused on the wrong thing?'
Can the stranger who comes to town get the two women to open up and be honest with themselves and those around them? And is he keeping secrets of his own?
I love all of the great characters who make up this small part of the Hidden Harbor community. They are all a bit flawed, but then who isn't? It's learning to get past those flaws and accept themselves and each other for what they are that will bring them true happiness.
A Measure of Happiness is a wonderful story about relationships, love, acceptance, honesty, and forgiveness. This is exactly the kind of story that I love to get lost in. I wouldn't mind taking a trip back to Hidden Harbor someday to revisit everyone and to see how they all are doing.
Vanessa Diffenbaugh is an author I have been watching since I read her novel, The Language of Flowers. That story was so wonderful and I fell in loveVanessa Diffenbaugh is an author I have been watching since I read her novel, The Language of Flowers. That story was so wonderful and I fell in love with her storytelling with that book. I have been so excited for her next book to come out and inside the beautiful cover of We Never Asked for Wings is another amazing story.
This is a story of family, love, and taking responsibility. Alex and Luna have been raised by their grandparents all of their lives. Their mother has been around but she leaves the child-rearing to her parents. When they leave to go back to Mexico, Letty has to step up and finally be a mother to her two children.
'Fifteen years after the birth of her first child, Letty was going home to be a mother.'
She isn't perfect and she struggles with what she needs to do to make her children feel safe and loved. Alex struggles with this new idea of a family now that his grandparents are gone and his mom is in charge. He becomes friends with a girl from school and she and her mother show him what families are all about. I loved seeing their relationship grow and how they always tried to be there for each other.
'This is what a family looks like, he thought, and for the first time in his life he realized his wasn't one.'
Alex has a chance to shine in school when he enter a science competition and he uses his grandfather's wing collection for his project. I loved how that collection, and wings in general, represented so many different things in this story.
'As he extracted the envelope from its file, a blue Post-it note fluttered to the floor. He recognized his grandfather's handwriting immediately and bent to pick it up. It was only two lines, the small, neat printing centered on the paper. For my Alex, it read. Make wings.'
I loved this story and all the wonderful characters in it as they try to figure out how to make it all work. There were some pretty tough scenes but then there were some pretty awesome and touching scenes. This is definitely a book that kept me turning the pages.
I absolutely loved Vanessa's book, The Language of Flowers. It is one of the few books that I have taken the time to reread. We Never Asked for Wings is going to be another one that I am going to take down off the shelf and reread in the future. I do want to visit this world again. And I will be anxiously waiting for Vanessa's next book. ...more