Art teacher Cora Kelly accepts a position at the New Horizons Boys Ranch for the sole purpose of getting to know the director, Aiyana Turner, who happens to be her biological mother. Cora hasn’t told her adopted family nor Aiyana of her discovery. She has her reasons but things start to get complicated when she and Elijah Turner, Aiyana’s adopted grown son, become “involved.”
It’s an interesting story as Cora tries to figure out who Aiyana is and why she gave her up when she later adopted so many others. Cora’s relationship with Elijah develops pretty naturally even though it creates some serious ethical issues for her. It was easy to judge her for keeping her secret so long but just as easy to understand why she delayed telling everyone. I liked how the issues related to adopted children seeking out their biological parents were addressed, presenting all sides of those affected.
The narrator did a wonder job of distinguishing the characters and I liked how she chose to handle the male roles. No over exaggerating but you could hear the shifts. I’ll definitely look for more by this narrator.
I enjoyed this story and the introduction to the series, as well as the small town and community of Silver Springs. While there wasn’t a lot of drama, there were lots of realistic issues and dilemmas to keep me hooked. I’m looking forward to continuing the series.
- Release Date: March 21, 2017
- Series: Silver Springs #1
- Narrator: Veronica Worthington
- Audio Length: 6 hours, 18 minutes
(I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)