Title: Family Interrupted
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Author: Linda Barrett
Publisher: Linda Barrett (April 4, 2013)
Two years after their 12 year old daughter’s accidental death by a motorist, Claire and Jack Barnes go through the motions of celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. When artist Claire produces her gift–a full-scale oil painting of their daughter–Jack has had enough. With his daughter gone, his wife focused on the past and his 20 year old son living on his own, Jack feels like a stranger in his own home and moves out the day after the party.
Claire understands they’re heading for divorce. Two days later, when she’s alone in the house, a young woman comes to the door and hands over her infant. This is their son’s baby. The girl says, “I told Ian she’d be too much work, and I’ve got other plans.” She disappears. Ian is ready to put the baby up for adoption because his daughter deserves a good, solid family, better than what the Barneses have become. Jack and Claire must figure out what to do next.
Intersecting the main stories of the Barnes family is the subplot involving the driver of the car. No alcohol, no speeding involved. But guilt seeps into the driver’s soul and changes her life. Who will forgive this woman?
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CHAPTER ONE REVIEW
The first chapter of Family Interrupted is relatively short but it really caught my attention and did a fantastic job setting the scene for what will happen in the next chapters as a family tragedy becomes the harbinger of additional strife and probable conflict. The first chapter has certainly whetted my appetite, and I want to read on to discover how this unfortunate event will test each member; who will possibly succumb to the intense pressure of dire circumstance and who will stand firm against the terrifying onslaught of guilt and blame.
Reviewed by Laurie-J