This book has it all; drama, heartache, laughter and love. I couldn't wait to read what happened next yet I was hurting for all of the characters and wanted their pain to stop. These characters were real and became friends.
Adele and Kamryn became best friends while in college. They each saw the real person behind the persona that was projected. Each grew up with issues; Adele with a father who hated her and abused her and Kamryn with weight issues and never seeming to connect with people. Together they made an unlikely team and began to enjoy life. Oh, and though it didn't matter to them, it does make a difference, Adele is white while Kamryn is Black.
After college, Kamryn falls in love with Nate. Nate means everything to her and she feels that for the first time a man accepts her, faults and all. Adele even approves of Nate after she warns him not to hurt Kamryn. The three are fast friends and when Adele gets pregnant and has a little girl, Tegan, they all help raise her. Two months before Kamryn's wedding, she finds out that Tegan is the result of a one night stand between Adele and Nate. Crushed she leaves both behind and starts a new life 200 miles away, refusing to talk to either.
Two years later, Adele calls Kamryn from the hospital asking her to come visit before she dies. Besides wanting to see her former best friend and make peace, she has a stunning request; would Kamryn adopt Tegan. Kamryn's first reaction is no. She doesn't want children and she really doesn't want a child that reminds her so much of what she lost. Finally agreeing to visit Tegan at Adele's father and stepmother's house, Kamryn is forced to remove Tegan from an abusive situation. Unable and unwilling to put Tegan into foster care, she signs the papers agreeing to take guardianship for Tegan and to adopt her.
Kamryn starts to rearrange her life, her apartment and her priorities as she struggles to make a good life for Tegan. Her relationship with her former finance is in flux as she finds him to sign over parental rights and has to deal with feelings she still has. This affects her relationship with her current boyfriend who not only cares for Kamryn but also loves Tegan as he would his own daughter. Her apartment is a one bedroom but now Tegan needs her space. Work meetings are rearranged to fit in day care and birthday parties.
I could feel for all the characters as if they were real. Who wouldn't feel for a boyfriend whose girlfriend is seeing her ex? Or who wouldn't feel for an ex who didn't know why the finance left? Or all the feelings of guilty and grief when a close friend dies and there are still loose ends and bad feelings? These characters reacted as if these situations were actually happening and not always in the ways you would expect.
The original situation was bad yet you had to pull for Kamryn as she tries to take control and figure out what next. When she is faced with a social worker, the worry is, will they allow a Black woman to adopt a white child. When wanting a promotion at work, it's how is this going to affect my ability to do my job AND take care of Tegan.
This book could make me laugh and cry and sometimes at the same time! I was pulling for a happy ending for everyone as each character is special.
What would you do for the friend who broke your heart?
Best friends Kamryn Matika and Adele Brannon thought nothing could come between them - until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryn's fiance, Nate. Worse still, she got pregnant and had his child. When Kamryn discovered the truth about their betrayal she vowed never to see any of them again.
Two years later, Kamryn receives a letter from Adele asking her to visit her in hospital. Adele is dying and begs Kamryn to adopt her daughter, Tegan. With a great job and a hectic social life, the last thing Kamryn needs is a five-year-old to disrupt things. Especially not one who reminds her of Nate. But with no one else to take care of Tegan and Adele fading fast, does she have any other choice?
So begins a difficult journey that leads Kamryn towards forgiveness, love, responsibility and, ultimately, a better understanding of herself.