By Judy Larsen
"How a lot do you're keen on me?" Daniel requested his mom.
"I love you the entire numbers."
What starts off as a sunny August afternoon on a bucolic lake becomes a tragedy whilst a Jet Ski swerves fatally with regards to shore. It's an afternoon Ellen Banks may well by no means have ready for, an afternoon no mom may still ever need to dwell through.
The second her son James is killed, Ellen needs to face the incredible whereas attempting to stay powerful for her older son, Daniel, who witnessed the fateful coincidence and blames himself. Ellen's surprise and grief quickly fall down to defiance as attorneys and policemen who as soon as vowed to aid Ellen's hope for justice succumb to political strain and again away. nonetheless, Ellen is set to work out the reckless younger guy pay for his crime and to heal her family's deep wounds. yet first she needs to heal herself.
An unforgettable trip of strength and emotion, all of the Numbers poignantly depicts a woman's reckoning together with her personal vulnerability and discovering within the knowledge of motherhood the redemptive grace to start again.
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Then he said seriously: " You see I cannot do without you. " " You are no longer a child," I replied somewhat impatiently ; and when I analysed my impatience I found it grew out of my desire to protect him. I wanted to make him strong enough not to be afraid. " " Death 1" I cried. " " It's true that I do," he said. " I did not understand what he meant then; and I asked to hear more of the family. " Ruth, my sister, rules the household and will do so until I marry. Then of course my wife will do that, because I am the only son and the Revels will one day be mine.
I thought of long dark days in the house--the weary monotonous round. It was true that Uncle Dick might come home ; but his visits could not be of very long duration and I could remember from the past how life seemed doubly dull after he had left. It occurred to me then that I needed to escape from Glen House. A way was being offered to me. If I refused to take it, might I not be regretful for the rest of my life? Gabriel came to dine with us occasionally. My father always roused himself on such occasions and was a tolerable host.
But now the time for dreaming was over. I had to face what was not quite what I wished it to be. " You're quiet. Miss Cathy," said Jemmy. He was right. I was in no mood to talk. Questions were on my lips but I did not ask them because I knew that the answers Jemmy would give me were not what I wanted. I had to discover for myself. We went on driving through lanes which were sometimes so narrow that the foliage threatened to snatch my hat from my head. Soon the scenery would change; the neat fields, the narrow lanes, would give way to the wilder country; the horse would steadily climb and I should smell the open moors.
All the Numbers: A Novel by Judy Larsen