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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
The Education of Evelyn (A Novel) by Pamela Frances Basch is the type of novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience made up of young adults and adults who enjoy reading about moving relationships between children and adults that profoundly affect both individuals. Bob Hennesy is a sixty-five-year-old widower who has been living in depression since he was forced to retire from his teaching job. However, Bob’s life takes a surprising turn for the better when a four-year-old by the name of Evelyn begs him to come help her mother who is sick. Little Evelyn’s request for help might just be enough to propel Bob out of his depression and may be able to help him find new purpose in his life after his forced retirement.
The Education of Evelyn (A Novel) by Pamela Frances Basch is a well-written book that contains a beautiful story. I loved how the author made Evelyn a realistic character in that her vocabulary and pronunciation were appropriate for her age. As a person that works with children on a daily basis, I found the interactions between the adult and child characters to be very realistic. As I read the book, I found myself wondering if this fictional story was based on a true story, or if it was perhaps put together based on the author’s life experiences. Evelyn was easily my favorite character, as I loved the way she managed to handle her situation, despite her young age. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book and it had me smiling, laughing, and crying throughout the story.