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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
When trouble starts, it multiplies and escalates quickly. It all begins on a Monday in October when Richard’s dog barks, alerting him to the presence of an intruder on his property. The next blow comes when he learns that he’s been laid off. Now jobless, as though he didn't already have enough to worry over, his fiancée publicly returns the ring to him while his ex-wife abandons a young girl, supposedly his, at his door. Now Richard has to sort out a variety of problems: find a source of income, provide the parenting the girl needs, and can he find a woman to stand by him? Three Against the World: A Waif, a Stray, and the Search for Romance by Sarah Stuart is a good read for fans of contemporary romance, a love story that examines family and a man’s quest to find his balance in the midst of challenges.
This is a good read and the author did a great job on character development and conflict. The conflict starts at the beginning of the narrative when Richard’s life is about to fall apart, and from then on, the reader follows a man in search of himself and meaning. The narrative is realistic and the plot well-handled. The author has the gift of creating vivid images and focusing on the emotional aspects of the story. Some of the descriptions are terrific like the one in the second paragraph: "The nerve… a dog barking loud enough to rouse a corpse, and somebody was calmly helping himself as if he was shopping in a supermarket." The entire narrative is gorgeous and atmospheric, the prose elegant and arresting.