Date: 1st November 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky?
Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.
From the very first lines of this book, I knew I was in the hands of a master storyteller and writer. I was immediately sucked in and just lived every minute of it with Shelby in Faithful by Alice Hoffman.
Imagine feeling responsible for a car accident (even though it was one of those accidents on an icy road) where someone is so seriously injured that they are in a coma for evermore. That happens to Shelby and it sends her into a spiral of depression, anxiety and self harm.
However the one thing about Shelby is she was a good person before the accident and however bad things get for her, however bad she acts, there is a heart that beats inside her, that is still her. While she doesn't recognise it at first her mother is there for her, a mysterious black angel who leaves postcards is there for her, even the boyfriend she sends away is good for her.
She also makes friends with Maravelle and her family of three children - and while Shelby maintains she doesn't like children, watch what happens.
I loved the way Shelby one step at a time, made her way back from the throes of self harm, self hate and depression. Reaching out to others was key. She was especially caring of dogs, and for awhile I was afraid she was going to turn into a reclusive dog lady, with an apartment full of dogs and little else.
Definitely a very satisfying read and I will carry this one around in my heart for quite a while.