Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan

What They Say....No one knows why Teddi Lerner left her hometown, but everyone knows why she’s back.

Twelve-year-old Shayna— talented, persistent, and adorable—persuaded "Aunt Tee" to return to Chance, Ohio, to photograph her father’s wedding. Even though it's been six years since Shay's mother, Celia, died, Teddi can hardly bear the thought of her best friend's husband marrying someone else. But Teddi’s bond with Shay is stronger than the hurt.
Teddi knows it’s time to face the consequences of her hasty retreat from family, friends, and, her old flame, but when she looks through her viewfinder, nothing in her small town looks the same. That’s when she truly sees the hurt she's caused and—maybe—how to fix it. 
After the man she once loved accuses Teddi of forgetting Celia, Teddi finally admits why she ran away, and the guilt she’s carried with her. As Teddi relinquishes the distance that kept her safe, she’ll discover surprising truths about the people she left behind, and herself. And she'll finally see what she overlooked all along in Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan.

What I Say.....Okay, the idea of coming back to photograph my dead best friends husband's second wedding is completely disturbing.

But Teddi has come back at her goddaughters request, wanting to support her through the wedding.  Although it doesn't seem like much support is needed.  Shayna is obviously happy and loved by her soon to be step mother.

Teddi had beat a hasty retreat from her hometown, and isn't excited about being back.  However, she is a little surprised to find out that not all the people she left behind are happy to have her back, even for a visit.

The good was the variety of characters, all realistically drawn, the bad was there was a bit of melancholy that at times felt a little forced, but not in a bad way.  It's hard to talk abut losing your best friends, watching kids grow up or missed opportunity for love without become a little emotional.

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