This book is set in Colorado and mainly involves the story of 11-year-old Kate and her family, Great Grandma Pearl, Gran and Grandy, her mother, Janet, and two older sisters, Alyssa and Olivia. Kate lives in a house that was renovated into a hotel and restaurant. Kate’s family runs the hotel. This story also weaves into another type of family, a street family. Runaways that are living under a bridge that have formed a “family” bond: Merridew, the patriarch, Eve, a few others, and most notably, Charlie. You also have another family, which I’ll call the “reformer family”, existing of “Fox” and his son, “Coz”, who live in the projects. Fox is a former gang member and is trying to lead his son down the right path and away from his former gang. The three families collide when the street family, crosses the reformer family, which descends onto the hotel family.
The story is told through Kate, who is a child ignored and wanders throughout the hotel like “Nancy Drew”, listening to everything that is going on around her and hiding in the various hidden places of the hotel. Kate has a beautiful soul that catches the eye of her Great Grandmother Pearl, who everyone thinks is senile. The other family members harbor their own hiding places within themselves. It is the beauty within Kate and her Great Grandmother Pearl that brings this book full circle.
Initially, when I started to read the book, it was jumping from family to family and I just wanted to put it down and not read it. But, I reread some of the reviews and picked it back up, and I am glad that I did. Once the book picked up, I could not put it down until I knew how everything unfolded between the families, especially involving Charlie. Charlie is another character that adds a dimension of unexpected love into this book.
Overall, I give it three of out of 4 harmonicas.
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