All Right Here – Carre Armstrong Gardner

About this Book

Ivy Darling can’t have children of her own, and her husband Nick’s resentment is forcing them apart. And while Ivy has the support and love of her large, close-knit family, Nick’s family has never welcomed her into the fold.

When the three children next door are abandoned by their mother, Ivy and Nick take them in for the night. One night becomes several, and suddenly Ivy and Nick find themselves foster parents to the only African-American kids in the town of Copper Cove, Maine. As Ivy grows more attached to the children, Nick refuses to accept their eclectic household as a permanent family. Just as Ivy begins to question whether or not she wants to save her emotionally barren marriage, Nick begins to discover how much Ivy and the children mean to him. But is his change of heart too little, too late?


My Review

I’ll start by saying, not every book is a great fit for every reader. This book was an example of that for me. Conceptually, it was a good story idea and I did enjoy the ending. However, I struggled to get through the story. I also struggled relating to the main character, Ivy. Her husband, Nick, and his family just made me sick with their attitudes. The character I did love was the oldest foster child, Deshaun. He was a joy to watch him develop under the care of Ivy.

The story was told from several points of view, which at times felt awkward and a little confusing. Likewise, there were times when I felt like I was being given way too much detail about the day to day lives of the characters.

Although, there were several things about this story that I personally didn’t enjoy, I’m glad I finished it. There were some good things at the end. If you read other reviews you will see there are those who enjoyed it a great deal. It just wasn’t a good fit for me.

**Disclaimer: ** Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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