Since the horrific night a drunk driver slammed into their car during his driving lesson, young Teddy has had to live with the memory of seeing his beloved father, Stan, die. Now just sixteen, he carries both sorrow and survivor's guilt.
Concerned for her grieving son, Mary decides to put as much distance as she can between Teddy and the nightmarish Phoenix intersection that claimed Stan's life. She moves the family to Stan's small Indiana hometown, a place of peace in which she hopes they can build new memories. There, Teddy finds inspiration in an old book his great-grandfather carried with him to America, a book Bulgarian fathers have always read to their sons.
Is Stan reaching out to his son from the grave?
Mary also makes an equally life-changing discovery in the small town-Rosetta, Stan's high school sweetheart. The deeper Mary digs, the more she learns of the forbidden love Stan and Rosetta shared. During the Civil Rights Movement, they dared to reach out for love across racial lines.
Now as their three lives intertwine, Teddy, Mary, and Rosetta must make difficult choices. Will they choose happiness? Or will old pains cause them to live as victims of circumstances?
Beginning in 1912 on Ellis Island and told in three voices over four generations, I'll Always Be with You is a profound celebration of the power of family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the sort of story you want to read with two hankies. I loved the way the author changed POV's between the boy, his mother, and his grandmother, and the lost love from the past. Every character had such a strong voice. The feelings expressed were very believable. I highly recommend this book!
Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite I really enjoyed reading I'll Always Be with You by Violetta Armour. While giving his son Teddy a driving lesson, Stan Kostoff is killed by a drunk driver. Mary, Stan’s wife, decides to move the family back to Stan’s boyhood home in Middleburg, Indiana, in order to heal and be closer to Stan’s family. There she meets Rosetta, an old girlfriend of Stan’s. Mary soon discovers that Rosetta has a secret. I'll Always Be with You is the kind of book that gives you “the feels.” Violetta Armour tells this three-part story in the voices of Teddy, Mary and Rosetta. Each character has their own unique voice. Teddy thinks in headlines and is filled with guilt. Mary is full of grief and worry for her family. Rosetta remembers the past and wonders what could have been. My favorite character was Teddy because having lost my own father unexpectedly I understood his pain. Throughout the book there are tidbits of information. The one that I found most interesting was about military personnel leaving different coins on graves. This is the type of book that I would like to read over again. The book is a roller coaster of emotions but will leave you in a good mood at the end. Not everything happened like I thought it would in the story. There was one thing that remained unanswered for me but perhaps Armour will write a sequel and answer it. If you like to read dramatic stories, then this book is the one for you.
A wonderful story from the start to the finish. I love how the author wove the Old world in with the new world. I could not put it down. Tears rolling down my face as I finished the last chapters - waiting on a sequel!