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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
In Anna E. Collins' novel These Numbered Days, Annie has to face the possibility that she made a mistake eight years ago. She left her son Connor and daughter Grace with her ex-husband Joel and disappeared from their lives. Annie's friend Kara told her that Brandy and her husband were going to adopt the children after her brother (who was Annie's ex-husband) had died. Annie returned to Washington to make sure that her children would be okay. After speaking with Brandy and Shane, Annie is about to leave when Connor rides up on his bike and pleads with her to stay for a few days. Unable to deny his request, Annie agrees but encounters a less than receptive response, and also notices that Grace isn’t as well as Brandy had led her to believe.
Anna E. Collins created a story of both hope and conflict. Annie’s battle with her mental health is realistic in every detail. The story is told through Annie's eyes, and I could understand her state of mind. This made her behavior relatable and helped with connecting to her emotions. Annie doubted herself because of Brandy's lack of trust in her. Grace's snide remarks and Connor's rebellion against the strict religious views prove that both teens were unhappy with their current situation. The story flow is as tumultuous as the roller coaster of emotions in Annie’s mind, and the plot is unpredictable. The supporting characters are well-developed, and I loved Mina’s blunt honesty which added humor to the story. Readers seeking stories of family dramas involving mental health and character progression will enjoy These Numbered Days.