"You always remember your first loves"
Reviewed by Sharon Salituro
Posted August 3, 2017
Bernadette (Bird) has had a rough couple of years. Bird
is on probation for writing bad checks, but she only has
two weeks left before she is off of probation. Bird and
her mother now clean housing for people. But that is
about to change.
When Bird was working at a coffee shop, she met James who
also worked there. They became friends by accident.
They would meet every morning outside of their place of
employment to talk. At the time Bird was dating the
owner Charlie. Bird realizes that this is not going to
work and breaks up with him. Charlies is not happy about
this and one night shows up at Bird's house and rapes
her. The result is her son, Augus.
Augus is now four and Bird is getting ready to move them
out of her mother's house into their own apartment. But
things change when Bird goes to the church to pick up her
mother's sweater. Hidden in the loft of the church is
James. He has been shot. James got into a fight at a
bar, and hurt a patron, putting him in the hospital.
James is arrested but escapes.
Bird doesn't want to help James as she knows that this
will screw up her probation. But she just can't let
James hide out and not help him. Bird makes some very
stupid mistakes; she steals meds from one of her clients.
Bird knows that these will ease the pain for James. But
the client calls the police on her. Bird doesn't know
what she is going to do; this will put her right back to
Cecilia Galante writes a great story with the true meaning
of what a first love is all about. I loved the way
she shows the relationship between Bird and James and its
came from bad childhood and still have terrible memories.
Cedilla also wraps the
whole story line at the end. This was not how I thought
it would end. It was a great ending, puts everything
Cecilla also shows the love between a mother and her
child. In THE ODDS OF YOU AND ME it was mother, daughter,
and son. All of these story lines intertwine with one
another. A very heart filled novel.
In the vein of Meg Donohue and Sarah Jio, Cecilia Galante’s
second novel delivers the powerful story of one young woman
who’s faced with an impossible choice—one that could have
her making the biggest mistake of her life.
Thirteen days. That’s all Bernadette, “Bird,” Sincavage has
left to go until she’s done with her probation and can be
free again. Free from making payments to the supermarket she
wrote bad checks to. Free from living at home with her
overzealous mother who’s constantly nagging her about
attending church again. Free to give her four-year-old son,
Angus, the normal life he deserves. Her impending freedom
and move to Moon Lake, where she’s plunked down a deposit on
a brand new apartment, is so close she can almost taste it.
What trouble could she possibly get into in just thirteen days?
But trouble does follow in the form of James
Rittenhouse—someone she worked with a few years ago. At
first, Bird is stunned to see James make the evening news
when he’s arrested for assaulting someone in a local bar.
But that’s nothing compared to the shock she gets when she
discovers James hiding out in an abandoned church choir
loft. Somehow he escaped police custody, broke his leg, and
got his hand on a gun, which he’s now pointing at her.
Although Bird doesn’t tell anyone she saw James, there’s no
way she’s helping him. She can’t screw up her probation or
her second chance for a new future. And she has her son’s
welfare to think about. Still. If only she could stop
thinking about the terrified look in James’ eyes and the
fact that he’s hurt. If only she could forget that once,
long ago, James helped her out, and she owes him a debt like
Will Bird jeopardize her future for someone who helped her
out in the past? A past that holds secrets she’s not quite
sure she’s ready to face? Or will she turn a blind eye and
learn to live with the consequences?
What do you think about this review?
1 comment posted.
Re: You always remember your first loves
Ok. Now I must read this. Thanks for the review.
(Kathleen Bylsma 4:14pm August 4, 2017)
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