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Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice
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Feb 28, 2010

it was amazing
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Foreseeable Future,

Trish Taylor has been finding puzzle pieces every place she goes. She'd like to believe it was a coincidence, but the fact that her grandmother loved to work puzzles has her wondering if maybe Nana is trying to connect with her from beyond the grave. Still settling back into Colorado, her hometown, after a divorce with a teenage son, Will, a house full of dogs and a job she loves working for people she hates, Trish is more than certain her imagination has gotten away from her.

Billie Cousins is going to have a baby. Excited, she immediately becomes concerned with how her man, Nick, will feel once he finds out. With the recent death of his dad, Nick has become more withdrawn from their relationship. A gentle soul, Billie believes that her ancestors help to guide her path. She refuses to believe that Nick will feel anything but joy about their impending delivery.

When Trish finally decides to put the pieces together, it quickly unravels and so does a life filled with untold truths. Her mother and sister didn`t die from a car wreck. What`s worse is her little sister didn`t die. When she learns the identity of her sister, she`s ready to charge right in and claim the family that she`s always longed for.

Unbeknownst to Billie, she`s adopted. While she often wondered why she didn't favor her parents, she was blessed with love and security. When her parents explain to her that she was not only adopted, but her mother was white, Billie's life hits a brick wall.

Opened arms and ready to blend their lives together, Trish can't understand why Billie is so standoffish and unwilling to at least try. The more the two get to know one another they both learn tidbits about race, love, religion, relations and death. Can they learn to be sisters, despite the skin color, in the process?

`Children of the Waters' is an impressive read. It tackles race as well as religion present day. I'm quickly becoming a fan of Carleen Brice and would easily recommend this moving story to all.

Reviewed by: Crystal
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