Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review: One Pink Line by Dina Silver

Can the love of a lifetime be forever changed by one pink line? Dina Silver’s tender, absorbing novel, One Pink Line, is the warmhearted, wry story of love, loss and family, as seen through the prism of one singular, spirited young couple who find themselves in a predicament that changes the course of their lives, and those closest to them. With heart, humor and compassion, this debut work of women’s fiction is certain to stir anyone who relishes a good laugh, can stand a good cry, and, above all believes in the redemptive power of love. This unique, contemporary story gives readers a dual perspective. Sydney Shephard, a sweet-tempered, strong-natured college senior is young, in love with an exceptional man, and unexpectedly pregnant. Faced with a child she never planned for, she is forced to relay this news to her neurotic mother, relinquish her youth, and risk losing the love of her life. Then there’s Grace, a daughter, who believed she was a product of this great love, grows to realize her existence is not what she assumed, and is left with profound and puzzling questions about who she really is. Spanning generations and every imaginable emotion, One Pink Line reveals how two points of view can be dramatically at odds, and perhaps ultimately reconciled. Simultaneously deeply felt and lighthearted, One Pink Line deftly mines how the choices we make are able to alter so many lives, and how doing the right thing and living honestly can bring unexpected, hard-won happiness. It’s a must-read for anyone who craves a great love story, absorbing characters, and plenty of laughs along the way.

This book packed quite the punch to the heart with such an emotionally charged story. As it bounced back and forth between the story of Sydney and Grace, I ran the gauntlet of emotions. Sydney and Ethan were such a sweet high school couple, who unfortunately hit rough patches when they went to college and had distance separating them. The unexpected pregnancy, with someone other than Ethan, destroyed the high school love that they had, but out of it came a much deeper relationship.

My heart broke for Grace as she struggled to come to the understanding that the life she thought was real was missing one tiny truth - her father was not her real father. As she struggled to understand why this important fact was kept from her, Sydney's past story continued to run parallel to the present. Dina Silver wrote such a beautiful story of true love and understanding full of characters that you will fall in love with as well.

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