The Underside of Joy

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HarperCollins Publishers, May 10, 2012 - Fiction - 384 pages
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What if the only way to keep your children is to let them go? Perfect for all fans of Jodi Picoult.

Losing a husband is unbearable. But losing her children too would be one heartbreak too many...

Ella is happily settled in family life with her husband Joe and their two young children, Zach and Annie. Then the unthinkable happens – Joe is killed in a tragic accident.

Distraught, Ella’s only solace is the children, who she clings to for dear life. But she can’t help feeling that the happiness she took for granted is over for good. Her worst fears are realised when Joe’s beautiful ex-wife Paige, who deserted her family three years earlier, turns up at his funeral, determined to reclaim her children.

Struggling with her own grief, Ella is now forced to battle for her family and the life which she loves. And when pushed to the limits, Ella must decide who is the best mother for her children.

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User Review  - shesinplainview - LibraryThing

This story started out interesting but midway through it became so-so and ended up being completely predictable. Also so there's nothing positive to say about the writing style, there is none. Read full review

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

Joe Jr's death starts a series of unforeseen events for Ella who thought her life was so idllyic. This story is a true testament to the concept that there are no simple answers and each one of us is a ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Seré Prince Halverson lives in Northern California and worked as a freelance copywriter for twenty years while she wrote fiction. She and her husband have four grown-up children. She is a stepmum, and grew up with a stepmum.

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