Book Review: The Cradle by Patrick Somerville
First sentence: "Marissa could not be comforted, and wouldn't have it any other way."
From the back: "Early one summer morning, Matthew Bishop kisses his pregnant wife and sets out in search of the antique cradle that used to be hers. Although the cradle has been missing for many years, she is determined that Matt find it before the arrival of their first child.
A decade later, Renee Owen, a successful writer of children's books, prepares for her only son's deployment to Iraq, and his departure brings to the surface memories of a lost love, an old truth, and a long-hidden life."
My take: I started reading this book and almost didn't get past the first 40 or so pages. But I decided to give it a chance and read a few more pages. I'm glad I did. I wound up really enjoying the story. The things Matt does for his wife are incredibly selfless. It's like somewhere inside of Marissa (Matt's wife) she urges him to go find the cradle for other reasons. Woman's intuition? The journey leads him in directions that are unimaginable. It tugs at your heart-strings, for sure. Read the book -- and if it doesn't stick with you right away, give it a few more pages. You won't be sorry.
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Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (April 12, 2010)
My Rating: B