Thanks to Berkley for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!
From the #1 international bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Velvet Hours comes an emotionally charged story about a mother's love, a teacher's promise, and a child's heart...
Aside from being the most pulchritudinous book I've held this year, I really enjoyed reading the beautiful, merged stories of Maggie and Yuri.
Here's the blurb:
"Katya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls their native Kiev. Years later, after the couple has safely emigrated to America the consequences of this incident cause their son, Yuri, to be born with a rare health condition that isolates him from other children. Maggie, a passionate and dedicated teacher agrees to tutor Yuri at his home, even though she is haunted by her own painful childhood memories. As the two forge a deep and soulful connection, Yuri's boundless curiosity and unique wisdom inspires Maggie to make difficult changes in her own life. And she'll never realize just how strong Yuri has made her — until she needs that strength the most...A novel that will make readers examine what it means to live life with a full heart."
Basically, Maggie is a relatively new teacher who has just moved out of New York City to settle down with her college boyfriend, Bill. They get a lovely cottage to rent that is near Maggie's school and not too far of a drive for Bill to get to work, either. Maggie is such a sweet soul who often ponders what it means to be an educator and how her role affects the lives of her students. Her best friend is the art teacher at her middle school, and she spends a lot of time visiting her parents who live nearby, enjoying her mother's cooking, and listening to her father play his violins. She longs all winter long for Bill to make a fire in their cottage's fireplace. Maggie is enamored by the storybook image and traditional family roles.