Custody

custodyAuthor:  Nancy Thayer
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source:  Purchased

Goodreads:  

When Kelly MacLeod becomes a Massachusetts Family Court judge, she is determined to do what is right. But what is right when one’s deepest personal emotions clash with the law?

Anne Madison, a respected state reformer with political aspirations, wants custody of her 12-year-old adopted daughter Tessa, as does Randall Madison, a prominent physician. Tessa, caught between warring parents, on the brink of her own sexuality, wonders who her birth mother is, and tries to please those she loves at a cost that just might be too high.

How does one balance public service with private desires? What does it mean, legally and emotionally, to be a family? How does one move past anger and sorrow toward compassion and wisdom? How do adults learn to temper their own wills with the best needs of the child?

In order to must answer these questions, Kelly MacLeod must judge her new and mysterious lover, her own past, and the complications of many kinds of love.

Ope’s Opinion:  The prologue took my breath away and made me want to read this story.  The story was a slow build of tension.  I did not want to put this book down. There were some very interesting twists along the way.

All the characters were fascinating.  Each had flaws that made them feel real.  I really liked the family dynamics in this story.  It was interesting to see each family member react to the custody.

I wish Thayer had made a sequel instead of wrapping it up at the end of this book.  I still want to know where everyone is now.

Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.
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