Thicker Than Blood by Jan English Leary

Thicker Than BloodThicker Than Blood by Jan English Leary
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thicker than Blood deals with many social issues today. From race, racial adoption, the struggle of being a single mother, and unplanned pregnancy, it will open your eyes to these issues as you walk in the shoes of Andrea. Andrea has a heart for the misplaced and when she has the opportunity to adopt a black baby girl, it is a dream come true to make a difference. Being single, she names her daughter Pearl and is determined to give Pearl the opportunities that she deserves.

Andrea’s family, her parents and sister welcome Pearl into their lives and Andrea’s is surprised by her mother’s support and favor of Pearl. A secret of her mother that is never revealed however, if it was, would it have made a difference as Pearl and Andrea come to hard times in their relationship. Pearl grows up to resent Andrea’s need to “change “ her life for the better. Pearl is determined to live her life as she wants and in doing so makes terrible choices.

As a mother myself, these characters become all too real and you just want to slap some sense into Pearl. And maybe slap some sense into Andrea as well. Major slapping all around! Frustration as life is messy and opportunities are missed. There is a real appreciation as you walk in Andrea’s shoes in these issues and how change will only happen with true diligence in my belief prayer!

Somethings I loved about this book and some not so much. I would have loved to see Andrea’s mother secret revealed and the ending was abrupt and without resolution.

A Special Thank you to Fomite Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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