At eight years old, Bellina Al Asma's idyllic life is turned upside down by an unspeakable tragedy. She is forced to leave Switzerland for New York and finds herself in the chaotic home of her self-destructive, alcoholic aunt. Struggling to survive in her new country and life, Bellina finds comfort and companionship in her African American neighbor, Ms. Hickens. Together, they discover a devastating secret written in a pile of scattered letters.
This was one of those books that grab your heart. The journey of this young woman to overcome tragedy and loss to experience love and forgiveness really made this a beautiful story. I thought the author did a really good job capturing the voice of Bellina as she progressed not only in age but through her experiences. This was an engaging read that has a story that kept you interested and made you want to root for her to triumph.
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles
Release Date: 1/4/2013