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 . . .
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I will admit that I bought this yesterday because I loved the cover. But then I started reading and stayed up late into the night to finish it. You will too. Eva is a meddler, a kind hearted one, but a meddler. Life would just run so much easier for everyone if they did what Eva thinks they should. But then Eva meets Cecelia, a pregnant teenager who is thinking of giving up her baby for adoption. What starts out as a possible way for Eva to get a baby for her own daughter Shelly (who can't have children), turns into a much more complicated situation. Of course this is not the only thing going on in Eva's life. Add in Darlene the elderly neighbor with health issues across the street and the young couple next door who are having their own problems. Shelly who never related well to her mother, Cecelia's own dysfunctional family and John, Eva's recently retired husband who has decided to take up the hobby of building gingerbread houses (certainly not one of the manly past times Eva tried to get him involved in.). All of which start the snowball affect toward one of those epiphany moments for Eva and all those around her. This is a sweet, heart touching story that proves that life rarely turns out the way we plan - and most of us wouldn't have it any other way.
The strength of the book lies in the characters' struggles to not so much do the right thing, but to first of all figure out what that means. While a bit reminiscent of the movie Juno, Almost Always is told from the perspective of the adoptive grandmother, Eva, who first appears as an inveterate do-gooder. trying to make everyone's life fit her ideals. Of course, things are never what they first appear to be, and Eva's marriage, family, and life are no exceptions. The adoption story is well drawn, but I found the subplot of Eva's husband's unexpected interest in gingerbread houses to be even more intriguing because of the qualities it reveals about two people who think they've learned everything there is to know about each other. In the end, what is best about this book is that the reader will most likely learn something about himself or herself as well.
Eva is notorious for striking up conversations with strangers, so it was no surprise to anyone when Eva did just that while dining out with her husband. In the booth behind her sat two teenage girls, one of the girls, Cecelia, talking about being pregnant and wanting to place the baby for adoption. Eva’s daughter, Shelly, has been trying to get pregnant with no success. Eva knew that if she didn’t say something to this girl then she may miss out on a chance of potentially finding a baby for her daughter. One would think that Shelly would be thrilled to hear about the potential of adopting Cecelia’s baby, but instead she’s cold when dealing with her and makes no effort at getting to know her. This not only confuses, but also concerns Eva. She doesn’t want Cecelia changing her mind about allowing Shelly to adopt the baby. But, as the pregnancy progresses, Eva and Shelly get more and more concerned. Cecelia starts spending time with the baby’s father and less with Eva and her family. Will Cecelia do what’s best for the baby and allow Shelly to adopt it? Or will Shelly’s hopes of having a child be crushed again? Almost Always is a heart-warming book. The bond that the family shares and the lengths that they’ll go to in order to make each other happy is palpable. As a young mom myself, I could relate to the fears that Cecelia was facing. The author did a great job making the characters feel so real and like I was a part of the story. I would definitely recommend this book to others. It’s a fun, heart-warming, funny and charming story all wrapped up in one.