By Christine Breen
St. Martin's Press, 2015. 290 pgs. Fiction
Iris Bowen lives in Western Ireland and is an avid gardener. She still mourns the loss of her husband, who died two years earlier, but she finds joy in her adopted daughter Rose. Rose is a gifted violinist and has moved to London to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Music. When Iris receives an unpleasant call from her doctor she realizes she will have to keep the promise she made her dying husband and try to locate Rose's birth mother in the United States. This starts her on an unexpected journey with unintended consequences.
I really enjoyed this book. It is told from several different points of view which added to the overall story. The characters are intriguing, each in their own quiet way. At first, Iris bothered me because her thoughts were disjointed and incomplete but then I realized this is how she handled her own grief and fear. I liked watching Rose navigate the uncertainties of growing into adulthood and making choices that could effect the rest of her life. This was a story of love, in many different forms, but somehow all connecting us to each other.