ONE WEEK IN DECEMBER
Chamberlin writes a tightly crafted story about a week in a family's life. Past events that have led the Rowans to the present are woven throughout the engaging narrative. This is an interesting look at how families learn to live with the past and keep ties strong.
All Becca Rowan can think about is reclaiming the teenage daughter she gave up when she was only a teenager herself. Rain, who's been raised by Becca's brother and his wife, has no idea that she's adopted.
Becca thinks she knows how her family will respond but is unprepared for the guilt, anger and resentment. In the midst of the chaos, she's drawn into an unexpected friendship with Alex, the Rowans' neighbor, who helps her take a closer look at her life, the decisions she's made and how to find her way back into the family. (KENSINGTON, Oct., 323 pp., $14.00)