This book took place in 1999 when North Carolina had the worst storms in history.
The main Character is Denise Holton whom was traveling to Edenton, North Carolina with her son Kyle (age 4) in the back seat.
Denise dedicated her life to her son Kyle and he was a full time job for her as he required special attention for a “speech”/”language” disability. As a single mother she set out to do her best. She worked four nights a week, five hour shifts earning enough to get what she needed to. She became a master of budgeting, a master of cutting corners. She had $238.00 in the bank and her car is 19 years old.
The reason why she was a single mother is that the father is Brett Cosgrove, and he was the type of man who attracted attention. She was 23 and in her second year of teaching, her friend Susan introduced Denise to Brett who was in town for a short investment banking business deal and they basically had a “one night stand” that led to her pregnancy of her wonderful son Kyle. The father did not want anything to do with her or the baby.
“She worried about Kyle all the time, and though all mothers worried about their children, she knew it wasn’t the same. Sometimes she wished she knew someone else who had a special needs child more like her son Kyle. At least then someone would understand. At least then she’d have someone to talk to, to compare notes with, someone to offer a shoulder when she needed to cry. Did other mothers wake up every day and wonder whether their child would ever had a friend? Any friend? Ever? Did other mothers worry whether their children would go to a regular school or play sports or go to the prom?”
As Denise was traveling in her car with Kyle in the back seat, a doe, fully grown on this stormy night froze in front of her car; she knew she would hit it! As she swerved to miss not to hit the deer she crashed into a tree and her head hit the steering wheel and felt excruciating pain in her forehead and suddenly fell unconscious.
The next thing she hears is “Hey, Lady, are you all right?” All she could say is KYLE! Where is my son? He was not in the car! Taylor McAden was the man from the fire department who found Denise first. This led to a community of fireman and volunteers to find Kyle in a swampy area near the crash site. Taylor McAden found a blanket, in the swampy areas about 50 yards from the spot where Denise had crashed. It took hours when Kyle was found by Taylor and brought to the hospital where Denise was taken for her injuries. Since Kyle could barely speak this task of finding him was harder than a normal case.
Taylor’s mother Judy always wanted him to find a wife and settle down. But for some reason “love” was just not his thing. His relationships would start off wonderful and then he lost interest. But this is not the case for how he felt for Denise as the relationship develops. In the end they end up happily ever after with Taylor adopting Kyle as his son.
Quote I love: “You are going to come across people in your life who say all the right words at all the right time. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words that matter.”