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Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2014
So far I have loved all of Catherine Hyde's books and to me this was the best of them all.

This is the story of a young girl who had to grow up too fast--due to her immature mother and her special needs sister who needed someone she could depend on.

I grew so frustrated with Angie's mother all through out the story--I had a hard time finding any sympathy for her. Instead of being the mother and trying to provide for her children & try to protect them, she expected this 14 year old girl to be the provider and the protector. Poor Angie was expected to handle all the responsibilities that normally a parent would handle. The mother came off as selfish and irresponsible.

Angie's little sister had a certain type of autism and mostly the mother expected Angie to handle her--even at the expense of Angie missing out on a lot of school. One of the factors with this family always having to move was because of Sophie's screaming. This is just a part of her disease and can't be helped. And no one could stop her screaming once she started. That is until they moved next door to a man who had a great Dane. For some reason Sophie instantly took to this dog even though she had always hated animals before this. The only time she was quite was when this great Dane was in the yard next door and she could lay down at the fence, next to the dog on the other side.

Needless to say when the man moved away Sophie went back to screaming and the family had to move again. And it seemed that the mother could never find work that paid her enough money to allow them to live on their own. Any money that Angie made doing part time work was expected to be handed over to her mother. The mother was selfish enough that she did not allow Angie to keep any of it for herself.

Not to tell the rest of the story but to point out a couple of things about Angie's character that helped them by the end of the story. Angie was very honest about what she thought and very outspoken and often stood up in defense of others that could not defend themselves. These are the characteristics that attracted their next door neighbor who hardly ever had anything to do with people. Because of this, an unusual friendship was forged and deep trust was developed between the two of them. In the long run it was because of this friendship that the family was finally saved. I read this story until I fell asleep at 4 AM and then I got up at 8 AM & started reading it again and didn't put it down until I had finished it. This story kept me so interested that I didn't want to put it down until I was through with it. I will read more of Ms. Hyde's books.
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