My Review of “A Life Unexpected” by Alison Ragsdale 2018
I enjoyed and was intrigued by “A Life Unexpected” by Alison Ragsdale. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction with a dash of Romance and suspense. The timeline of the story is the present and goes back to the past when it pertains to the characters and events of the story.
Alison Ragsdale describes her characters as everyday people with problems, and are searching for their sense of purpose. Eve Carruthers, a photographer and her husband Ken, a shop-owner are surprised when their newly married daughter Jess inquires if anyone in the family has the cystic fibrosis gene. Jess and her husband want to start a family, and is important for them to know the medical history in the family
Eve has always accepted the fact that she is adopted, and never has told her daughter Jess. This is a secret that is going to cause complications for everyone. How would you feel if your parents kept a secret that they had been adopted from you?
Eve goes on a personal journey of discovery and self-worth in trying to find answers to questions. As Eve, goes on this quest for the truth, it affects her relationship with her husband Ken, and Jess. Eve’s adventure is like opening Pandora’s box.
I appreciate that the author mentions significant topics such as cystic fibrosis and other genetic complications. I also like that the author mentions the topic of adoption. For the parents, who have shown love and support for the children they adopted, believing that the children belong to them, and the children in search of their natural birth parents, it must be a stressful, complex and complicated situation.
I love that Alison Ragsdale discusses the importance of family , support, forgiveness, love and hope. I would recommend this captivating and emotional story for those that enjoy Women’s Fiction.