Maddy lives a hard life, working as a waitress at the Monte Rio Café in a town on California's Russian River. Abandoned by her mother when she was a teenager, she is nonetheless grateful for the cabin where she lives-and for Cheryl, the older waitress who watches over her while Maddy anticipates the birth of her baby.
Then Maddy goes into labor prematurely and loses her precious baby, a loss almost more than any young woman can bear. Soon after Maddy discovers a tiny infant in the dumpster behind the café, keeps the baby, and names her Judith.
Maddy takes the money in her tip jar and moves to the Bay Area, where she can study to become a nurse, to be better than the things her momma said about her. But how can Maddy take care of little Judith, work and go to school?
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About the Author
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Patricia attended St. Mary's College in Moraga, California, where she studied Psychology and Spanish. She spent her junior year abroad at the University of Madrid then transferred to UC Santa Barbara where she received her B.A. in Spanish. She went on to get a Master's degree in Education at Oregon State University.
Patricia lives with her husband and two children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with two very large chocolate labs named Annabella and Jack, and a rescue terrier mix, Shay Dog. Oh, and she also takes care of her daughter's guinea pig, Lucifer. When she's not writing or spending time with her family, Patricia enjoys riding her Friesian horse Maximus, who lives in the Oakland hills with a million dollar view.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received this book from the author. I was not asked to give a favorable review, all thoughts are my own. This is a wonderful book. Like the myth of te Phoenix, Maddy brought herself up from have a bad childhood, and a mother who deserted her. Losing her first child to a miscarriage at 13 because of needed to know what love really was. And now she has had another, but as she is leaving work she find a little girl dumped in a garbage bin behind her job. She wants to be a nurse. With help of her co-worker Cheryl, who is like a mom to her, they decide to move to the Bay area and she gets a full scholarship to college. Things are going her way, but then the baby she found and kept as her own now has medical issues and she has to admit what she has done. But she finds loves along the way. This is a wonderful story about starting over and making good of oneself,
Wonderful story with Great characters