Dec 292015

almost alwaysAlmost Always
PageSpring Publishing (January 12, 2013)
Contemporary Woman’s Fiction
Setting – Ohio
Trade Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1939403032
E-Book ASIN: B00AR93X1C



Here’s the way Eva sees it: if John is so concerned about her butting into strangers’ lives, he shouldn’t leave her sitting at a table in Bob Evans with nothing to occupy her time . . . Enter Cecelia—a pregnant teenager who needs a family for her baby. Fate has placed her at the table behind Eva and John. Now Eva has a chance—a chance to give her daughter, Shelly, the one thing Shelly desperately wants. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems. Because sometimes daughters are not born to us—they are gifted by desperate teenagers—or seated behind us at Bob Evans . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I will admit I picked this book up because I thought it going to be more of a Christmas story looking at the cover. A gingerbread house does play a part in the story but this more of a year round story.

I would find it difficult to be Eva’s child and hope I am never a mom like her. I know it is a in mother’s nature to always want to fix things, but sometimes Eva just goes too far. She does have a huge heart and thinks she is doing the right things and that her way is the best way but they way she butts her way in to certain situations drove me a little nuts.  Eva happens to overhear a conversation in a restaurant, a pregnant teenager talking to her friend. She immediately decides it is fate and this girl is going to give her baby up to Eva’s daughter who has been trying to adopt a child. We follow on Eva on her journey to make that happen.

It is a very heartwarming story in places and aggravating in others but a very compelling read none the less. Eva is a complicated character with many layers. While I didn’t like her overbearing qualities she was very real. There are many moms in this world just like her. She has a good heart, helps her friends and neighbors, but could have been more supportive of her husband and a little more understanding of her daughter’s wishes. She does open her heart and home to Cecelia and they become very close. Things do “Almost Always” work out the way Eva wishes but the key word is “almost”.

Husband John is retired and is interested in gingerbread houses. In fact, he is planning to make one to enter into a contest held in North Carolina. Eva wishes he had a more “manly hobby” and thinks he is wasting his time in his endeavor to enter the contest.

Daughter Shelly and her husband have been unable to have a child and their attempts in adoption have failed when the birth mothers have backed out. They have decided to just take a breather from all the treatments and filings to regroup when Eva informs them of her plan. They are not sure what to do or say but they are just not ready for another disappointment.

Cecelia comes from a single parent home with a mother than is basically absent. She is following in her mother’s and sister’s footprints by having a child way too soon and is completely overwhelmed by the prospect of being a mother.

This story is very well written with many twists. The characters are very developed and realistic . They continue to evolve as the story continues.  Eva was over the top but redeems herself a little bit in the end.

I enjoyed this story.

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  8 Responses to “Review/ #Giveaway Almost Always by Bobbi Reed”

  1. Thank you for the review on Almost Always. I would love to read it .

  2. Hmmm, reminds me of my mother-in-law, God rest her soul, always had to keep reminding myself that her heart was in the right place. Sounds like a good read for a cold winter’s day.

  3. I think all mothers try to make things perfect for our children when we can. This is a book I would identify with since I am a mother and also because it is set in Ohio. Also I have a daughter who may not be able to have children and would do whatever I was able to do to help her have a child when the time comes.

  4. Mine never made it perfect or easy for me.

  5. Thank you for the review. I’m going to give this one a pass. She sounds way to overbearing/dismissive for me to tolerate reading until she partially redeems herself.

  6. I liked the review, thank you.

  7. Sounds like an interesting read.

  8. Thank God I have grandchildren I would be happy to read this book and sympatize with the woman.

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