Days of Wonder, a review by Di

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Caroline Leavitt

Algonquin Books
April 23, 2024
320 pages

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I read a few of Caroline Leavitt’s books in the past and always enjoyed them. I was excited to see that she had a new one.

This is the story of Helen, her teenage daughter Ella and Ella’s boyfriend, Jude. The story is complex and multi-layered. Many secrets threaten relationships.

The characters are well-developed. My feelings about them change several times during the story. Like, dislike, pity, empathy, admiration, respect. As the story changes, my feelings change.

Poor choices are made, and bad things happen to good people. But, there is also redemption and hope.

The story is well-written, the plot moves ahead smoothly. The focus changes from one character to another. The pages keep turning. Sometimes I thought it was a bit too dramatic, but sometimes life is like that. It certainly kept me reading.

The ending was good. It wasn’t completely definitive but I can tie up the ends in my mind the way I want to.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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