Whew, this last section was hard to read, wasn’t it? It was beautiful, and the story was interesting, but the emotions it stirred up were almost overwhelming!
This section starts with Tom getting arrested and Lucy getting taken from Isabel to be reunited with her birth mother, Hannah. I think the hardest thing for me was how confused Lucy was through this whole last section. I, of course, felt horrible for Isabel and Tom, and I can’t imagine the pain that they were experiencing. But, they were adults, and they had to be held responsible for their actions. Lucy, on the other hand, was so confused and so sad to be without the only parents she ever knew, and that was really hard for me to read. What did you find to be the hardest parts to read in this last section?
Were you surprised that Tom was willing to take sole responsibility for keeping Lucy? I was a little surprised that Isabel let him take the blame for so long.
What did you think of Hannah in this last section? I understand why she didn’t want to have any contact with Isabel. But I also felt like it would have been easier for Lucy if they could have arranged some sort of agreement where Lucy could at least spend a few minutes with Isabel. Maybe that would have helped her move more easily into Hannah’s house.
I was glad in the end that Isabel and Tom didn’t have to spend the rest of their lives in jail. It was really nice of Hannah to not force them to have extended sentences. Were you surprised that Hannah ended up showing mercy?
Finally, could you believe that Lucy-Grace made it to see Tom, but she wasn’t able to reconnect with Isabel? That made me really sad. I couldn’t believe that Isabel had saved all of that stuff from when Lucy was little.
Do you have any final thoughts that you would like to share? I can’t wait to hear what you thought of the ending!
I hope you will join us again next month. We’re changing gears and reading Hidden Figures, a really interesting non-fiction book. Talk to you then!