I received the following book from She Writes Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Stella Rose on April 21st 2015
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Upon Stella Rose’s death, her best friend, Abby, moves to rural Vermont to take care of her sixteen-year-old daughter, Olivia. But Abby struggles to connect with Olivia and she soon finds guardianship of a headstrong teenager daunting beyond her wildest misgivings. Despite her best efforts, and the help of friends old and new, she is unable to keep Olivia from self-destruction. As Abby’s journey unfolds, she grapples with raising a grieving teenager, realizes she didn’t know Stella as well as she thought, and discovers just how far she will go to save the most precious thing in her life.
When I first read about this book, I had a feeling it was going to be a tear jerker, a girl loses her mother and her mother’s closest friend takes custody of the young teen, how could you not be saddened by that? However, I also found this to be a wonderfully realistic depiction of two women dealing with grief in their own ways. The book was well written and, to me, quite moving. I found it to be a wonderful debut for this author and I look forward to reading more from her in the future. I would recommend Stella Rose to those who love a good, emotional, contemporary tale that flows poetically.