Saturday, September 24, 2011

You Are My Only by Beth Kephart - ESSENTIAL

Kephart, Beth You Are My Only, 256 pgs. Egmont USA/Laura Geringer Books, 2011. $16.99. Language – PG; Sexual Content – PG; Violence - PG.

You Are My Only tells the intersecting stories of Emmy and Sophie. Emmy is a young mom whose daughter is kidnapped when she turns away for a moment. The resulting breakdown lands her in a mental hospital. Sophie and her mother have been constantly on the move, escaping from the No Good for as long as she can remember, but the boy living next-door to her new house reaches out to her. For the first time Sophie is ready to defy her domineering mother to form a connection with someone else. Will Emmy find her kidnapped daughter? Will Sophie solve the mysteries in her past?

The story is lovely and heartbreaking and bittersweet, filled with moments both tragic and beautiful. Both Emmy’s and Sophie’s stories are suspenseful, and many readers will appreciate Kephart’s poetic voice.

HS – ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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