Darlene’s family inherits a neighbor named Layla, who happens to be very different from them. Layla lives alone in a huge estate and doesn’t have a best friend because she has a hard time trusting people. Darlene has a hard time understanding if she should be friends with her as well. Darlene and Layla take a risk and a friendship starts to develop that is beyond words. Darlene takes a job as a teacher’s aide at a school for students with special needs after being a stay-at-home mom, which causes a lot of changes and friction to occur. She works with a unique student named Cara who really needs a teacher who will not give up on her. There are also many examples in this story of how different outward appearances and attitudes can fool people as to who they really are on the inside.
Darlene did a good job of balancing family, work, and friendship in this novel. She had room for all different kinds of people. Her children were dependent on her much more when she was a stay-at-home mom but it seemed like it helped them to do more things for themselves and reach out to others when Darlene was not as available to them. I loved the attitude of Darlene’s boss when Darlene told the woman at the special needs school that she had not worked with special needs children before and she explained that was okay because Darlene had children of her own which gave her the experience she needed; she thought all children have special needs. Later in the novel Darlene makes a decision about whether the teaching aide job was helping or hurting her family; I was surprised at her decision but it shows that each person is unique in how God works with us.
This is a great story that reaches out to all types of people.
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