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The Underside of Joy by Seré Prince Halverson
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Mar 10, 12

really liked it
Read from February 25 to March 10, 2012

4.0 out of 5 stars - "The most genuine happiness is kept afloat by an underlying sorrow."

Poignant story of love, loss and the power of family ties. It's not just blood that binds people to each other.

Ella Beene stumbles into a small town named Elbow along the Redwoods River in Northern California. There she meets a divorced man, Joe Capozzi, and his two small children, Annie and Zach. She falls in love and marries him -- and is embraced by his entire large Italian family and the rest of the people in the town who've had families there for generations. They build a contented and happy life together until the day that tragedy strikes; Joe is drowned. In the ensuing months, Ella is forced to confront many things about Joe and their life together that had been hidden from her.

The story is sad and hopeful by turns. Can Ella find a place for herself when all truths are revealed and the underside of joy is exposed?

Loved this book and will be recommending it!


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