This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Anna Jennings, a 22 year old single mom. After being fired from her job- Anna decides to go home to her grandparent’s house. It’s warm and comforting- and where Anna has went each time there has been trouble in her short life.
She thinks it will be a good change of pace for her 4 year son, David, as well. Anna expects quiet and country living when she gets to her grandparent’s- but what she gets is much more than that.
Shortly after they arrive, Anna starts to see things that don’t quite make sense to her- and wonders if she is losing her mind. Her son has 2 imaginary friends- and she can see them. Anna had an imaginary friend growing up- and she flashes back on to that experience. What Anna does not know (but soon begins to unravel) is that her imaginary friend and David’s imaginary friends share something- they both are around to protect their human friend. As Anna begins to read and learn further knowledge of the imaginary friends- it begins to cast a light on some things about her childhood that she had not been able to understand.
It’s not only the imaginary friends that is keeping the country life not so quiet is the neighbor- Jamie Presswood, a childhood friend of Anna’s. There is a mighty attraction between them- but secrets, misunderstandings, and Anna’s fear of being hurt by another man might keep them apart.
The question that Anna struggles with is this: what is David’s imaginary dinosaur friends here to protect him from?
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Most children have imaginary friends. It’s an interesting concept and while many studies talk about the why’s of imaginary friends- there are multiple theories. Andrea Lochen takes the imaginary friends concept, adds a little danger and writes a story that the reader will want to finish as quickly as possible!
Andrea writes a story- a story with characters that you want to care about, with a plot you can sink your teeth into. It walks a line between an easy read/ slightly darker and heavier reading fairly well- and it will be a hit with book clubs- because there is drama and danger and a mother’s fierce love to discuss.
Andrea Lochen takes her time with the book- you get to know Anna and David fairly well before she dips into the heart of the storyline of difficulty with her mother. I can be impatient when this happens- but in this case, it works. Because, to get deep into the story of Anna and David- you needed to know more about Anna and her mother.
Bottom line: Give it a shot. It could definitely lead to a good discussion with others!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T by Astor + Blue for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T