One of the items on my 27 by 28 list (see this post) is to read a book per month, so far i have read two. The First is Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott
Blurb:-Absorbed in her own failings, Clare Purdy crashes her life into a sharp left turn, taking the family in the other car along with her. When bruises on the mother, Lorraine, prove to be late-stage cancer, Clara tries to do the right thing and- against all habit and comfort- moves the family into her own house, upending her life in the process.
As Lorraine walks the borders of death, Clara expands into life, finding purpose, energy and unexpected love amidst the hard, unaccustomed work of sharing her day. But the burden is not only Clara's: the children must cope with the guilt of divided loyalties, and Lorraine must live with the growing, unpayable debt to Clara- an the feeling that Clara has taken her place.
At First i was unable to get into good to a fault, i picked it up, i put it down but once i got past the first few opening chapters i was surprised that i was having trouble reading it. At first the situation that Clara Purdy adopts for her self seams unrealistic, who would really let a family of strange into her house, however if you ignore this fact, the Story of Clary and the family she adopts is a amusing, sad and will keep you complete hooked.
Overall, Good to a Fault is a very interesting and thoughtful book about what it means to be good, and the prices we pay for being good and doing kindness to others. Where is the line drawn between selfish and self-serving.