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Copyright 2021 Evelyn Sola
Here we have the good, the bad, and the ugly.
In the good category, most definitely Laci, her little girl, and her aunt, as well as Cooper and his rescue dog. Laci was trying so hard to provide the type of life her daughter deserved. Despite how she came into this world and to whom, she wanted her to have all the love, all the opportunities, all the freedoms and support that she could offer...all the things she never received herself, growing up. I couldn't help but root for her, all the way through the story, and the ending, both the explosive scene and the epilogue, were spot on for the tale. Moving forward, Laci's aunt was an absolute gem. Despite have a horrendous mother, more on that in another category, she had an ally, a friend, and a stand in mother in her. She wouldn't take crap from anyone, and she gave love like it had no boundaries. Same can be said for Sam's rescue dog...and even Sam, himself. The pupper is a sweetheart, and I love that the breed chosen is one that some can be frightened of, but the gentle side if shown here. As for Sam, he's a sight for sore eyes, and a potential salve for a wounded heart, but if he wants to win the prize, he's gonna have to move slow, and let Laces lead the way.
In the bad category, Laci's deceased husband, and all those people that looked over her in high school...but mostly Brian. Yeah, it's best to let the dead rest, but I can't help but hope this guy would have eternity restless. The harm he caused emotionally and spiritually to Laci was obnoxious. The things he said it her, blamed her for, and how he treated her...well, it may not have been physical abuse, but it was the next worst thing. Stuff like that can really get under your skin, and for Laci, it does...it takes her unexpectedly getting out from under him, and some really strong, and patient people to help her heart heal, and give herself permission to love again.
In the ugly category, we've got Laci's enemy since school days...Laci...and her very own mother, if you can believe it. The former was a pretty girl on the outside that turned into a head turning woman, but what was on the inside was dark as tar, and three times as nasty. She was overly concerned with her looks, and her weight, so much so that she couldn't accept others as they were simply because she couldn't accept herself. Her lashing out when she wasn't getting her way was childlike and pretty easy to spot. Her inability to walk away when she's been practically pushed, just made her immaturity shine brighter. As for the latter, Laci's mom, you won't be able to believe the nerve of this woman. She basically used her daughter for whatever was convenient at the time, just so she could hook her next man. She didn't have enough self esteem to be on her own, and gave her self worth away to whatever Tom, George, or Harry happened into her life. THEN, when things are starting to look up, she has a nasty habit of turning up...and you can imagine the fireworks that would ensue.
All in all, memorable for many reasons with a story that will echo the "mean girl" tales many have from their own lives...but if you take a page from Laci, you'll know that the best way to win, the best way to come out on top of the naysayers, is to keep doing you, and don't let anyone steal your light. Note for readers, there is a fair mention of Laci's weight being a bit over that of your standard twigs, and a good amount of spicy talk and/or scenes. Sometimes those can be tipping points of interest, but if not, at the very least, it's good to know going in.
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