"Compulsion Reads Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
For The Love Of David is a deep and beautiful novel that will take hold of your heartstrings on the first page and won’t let go until the last.
Marissa Fleming is a bright, pretty college coed on a clear path toward success. Libby Armstrong is an overweight receptionist with a gentle heart and a quiet, lonely life. The two women have nearly nothing in common, but they become profoundly connected when a distraught and desperate Marissa secretly gives birth to a baby boy.
When Libby notices movement from an abandoned duffle bag outside a grocery store, she assumes someone has left a litter of kittens out in the cold to die. When she unzips the bag and finds a newborn within, she knows that she should turn him into the authorities. However, after experiencing a childhood in foster care herself, Libby can’t give up the baby to the system. She takes the baby home, claims him as her own and names him David.
David proves to be a blessing for Libby, adding wonderment and joy to her life. While she blossoms with the calling of motherhood, Marissa is wracked with uncertainty and regret. Did she do the right thing? Should she have kept the baby? If she could find him again, what would she do?
Libby’s discovery and adoption of David is just the beginning of a finely-written, deeply moving story about two very different women struggling, rejoicing and regretting the choices that they’ve made.
Author Laurel Bradley deftly captures the emotional turmoil that both Libby and Marissa experience, and, following in the footsteps of Jodi Picoult, paints her story in countless shades of gray. In particular, I was impressed with how skillfully Bradley wrote the impulsive Marissa, keeping her sympathetic and understandable even as she first abandoned her son and then committed an even more painful and dangerous act later in the book.
For The Love Of David captured me from the first page. It was a joy to watch how David transformed Libby’s life, bringing friendships, love and self-acceptance. A big twist in the middle of the book had my heart racing for both the main protagonists.
I can’t recommend this book enough. For The Love Of David will appeal to anyone who has ever lost or given away something precious and wished there was a way to reclaim that treasure once again."
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