Shattered by grief after losing her nine-year-old son,
Erik, in a hit-and-run accident, Claire Harper jogs every
day after work at San Diego's Mulberry Park. Claire is
hoping to find some peace in dealing with her son's death
and her recent divorce. While resting under the mulberry
tree, a bright pink envelope containing a letter falls from
the branches. In the letter, seven-year-old Analisa is
asking God to take care of her mother and father who are in
Heaven. Analisa is now living with her uncle, Sam Dawson, a
single attorney who's gone much of the time, leaving
Analisa with a nanny.
Even though Claire feels she's lost faith in God, she
chooses to answer Analisa's letter in hopes of preserving
the child's faith. Analisa continues to write letters, and
with the aid of a lonely little boy named Trevor, places
the notes in the tree. Trevor lives with Katie, who works
long hours to make ends meet and is forced to leave Trevor
to care for himself most of the time. This leads Trevor to
spend a lot of time at Mulberry Park along with others,
each carrying their own grief and loneliness.
One evening, Claire discovers Trevor unconscious on the
sidewalk near Mulberry Park and relives Erik's last
moments. Claire must let go of the past in order to help
this little boy she's befriended and, at the same time,
release herself from the pain of the past to learn to live
again through forgiving.
Judy Duarte's MULBERRY PARK is a wonderful story of
compassion and the struggle of a woman to overcome the
devastating grief of losing her only child. Other lonely
characters with unique needs and wants are also portrayed
as they help each other heal and find a new purpose in life
through God. I loved the touching and very tender way the
individual concerns of the characters were dealt with.
MULBERRY PARK will renew your belief in other people, as
well as God.
Claire Harper wraps up a hard day of work with a jog
through Mulberry Park. Her workout is so much more than an
effort to stay in shape. She runs to find a respite from
the grief that has enveloped her since the death of her
young son, but she never manages to alleviate the pain or
the haunting memories of that fateful day . . . until she
finds a little girl’s letter to God perched in a tree.
On impulse, Claire writes back, and the little girl’s
letters gradually draw Claire into the companionship of
other Mulberry Park regulars—all, in their own way, in need
of comfort. As the strangers’ lives and hearts intersect
and friendships grow, each discovers just how far and how
high one simple letter can reach.