A Theory of Relativity

A Theory of Relativity A terrible accident has left little Keefer orphaned but not unwanted Devastated by his beloved sister s tragic death twenty four year old bachelor Gordon McKenna assumes that he will be entrusted wit

  • Title: A Theory of Relativity
  • Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • ISBN: 9780007139859
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • A terrible accident has left little Keefer orphaned but not unwanted Devastated by his beloved sister s tragic death, twenty four year old bachelor Gordon McKenna assumes that he will be entrusted with raising his niece, whom he has grown extremely close to over the few precious months of Keefer s life But the child s paternal grandparents have different ideas and a fierA terrible accident has left little Keefer orphaned but not unwanted Devastated by his beloved sister s tragic death, twenty four year old bachelor Gordon McKenna assumes that he will be entrusted with raising his niece, whom he has grown extremely close to over the few precious months of Keefer s life But the child s paternal grandparents have different ideas and a fierce legal battle ensues that will test the capacity and limitations of family love again and again and no one will emerge from it unscathed or unchanged.Jacquelyn Mitchard, whose powerful, emotionally rich novels have won resounding critical acclaim and a wide, enthusiastic audience worldwide, brings us a soaring, heartbreaking, and unforgettable tale of love and the bonds that unite us all.

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    1. I honestly don't know how to rate this book - I wanted to like it, it was well-written, the storyline and subject matter kept me interested, but I had so many problems with things! I had a really hard time connecting with the characters - I didn't like any of them enough to find sympathy for them, even considering the storyline. I really didn't like Delia or her family at all, but also I didn't feel like Gordon really wanted Keefer for any of the right reasons until the very end. I had to simply [...]

    2. I wanted to like this one and was extremely disappointed that it didn't draw me in like I thought it would. Between the cover and the "blurb" on the inside of the jacket I thought for sure this was going to be a book I couldn't put down. I actually considered more than once putting it down and not picking it back up again. I found it confusing to read at times, and there several things about the plot that I didn't understand. The subject of the story was thought provoking and interesting.

    3. I was in and out of the bookstore in less than 5 minutes and this was what I bought:This was the first book that I bought and read after we moved into our new house. And it is also what "revived" my talent of finishing a book in 24 hours or less. I actually ended reading in about 48 hours but at least it's an improvement, redeeming me from all my unfinished starts. S went into the BookShop to pick up a magazine and I followed suit. I wasn't really planning to buy anything but when I picked up th [...]

    4. The book gripped me in the beginning. Keefer is a cute one year old girl whose mother is dying of cancer. Then out of nowhere, both her mother and father are killed in a car accident. We are mostly given the perspective of the mother's side of the family, who knew she would die eventually but thought the girl's father would raise her. So now there is an unexpected custody situation to deal with, but they all assume Keefer's uncle will take her. But then Keefer's father's side of the family comes [...]

    5. i did not care for this novel. the writing style was challenging but i pushed myself to finish it. unfortuneately the flow of the story didnt get any better, too many flashback, flashforward, to present. And the ending. I mean I thought Gordon was horrible to women throughout the book, but i chalked it up to him being immature and not really knowing what he wanted. but to marry the girl who was like a stepsister to the neice he was adopting. its sick. and disturbing. on top of that it read like [...]

    6. Was this book written by a committee? I'm sure it must have been. It was such a mish-mash! Some parts flowed and made sense. Other parts were turgid, boring paragraph after boring paragraph of strange content that made you wonder if the author had any idea if this was truly the direction she wanted to take the story, and us as readers.Fascinating theme - adoptive children and their rights, or otherwise, in families and how different, or not, those rights are to blood relatives. This could have b [...]

    7. Jacquelyn Mitchard is one of the best at writing depth of emotions to the point that you feel the emotions along with the characters. It was true in The Deep End of the Ocean and it is true in A Theory of Relativity. This is nother emotional roller coaster of a book by Jacquelyn Mitchard. This one involves the issue of the custody battle and adoptoin of a 1-year-old chold of a couple who were killed instantly in a car crash. The battle between the surviiving families is a no holds barred dispute [...]

    8. So much wasted potential! I hope this picks up but right now everyone seems very immature, secretive and no one is talking the issues out. I suppose this is all supposed to increase the tension but its not. It's making the story seem silly. I finished this today and it did not get better. This could have been very good: a toddler, dead parents, family fighting to adopt toddler, discussion about whether adopted is as "relative" as one's "real" child. But, the entire story just skirted around thes [...]

    9. This is a sort of review (letter) I wrote years ago on Bookcrossing about this book.on Sunday, September 05, 20048 out of 10 Hi How are you? I started this book this morning and am already half through the book. 205/399 After reading a lot of true crime i really needed something else and this was the perfect book . You are right it is a great book I did expect that because I loved her other book The deep End of the Ocean. As with that book I am now wondering what will be in the future for the pe [...]

    10. I have read several of Mitchard's books, so I was looking forward to this one. (found on the $1.00 rack at Half-Price Books!) Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much and actually found myself skimming large passages.It's an intriguing story -- Georgia and Gordon are adopted siblings. When Georgia is killed along with her husband in a car accident, Gordon wants to adopt his 18-month old niece. He is challenged by the husband's family on the grounds that he has no "blood" relation to the c [...]

    11. Okay, so it was a slow and steady read. I enjoyed that I was able to slow down and take my time with it. It evoked a lot of feelings in me because I worked in the adoption world and feel strongly about adoption. She was able to embody the prejudices against adoption while at the same time dispelling those myths. She was extremely accurate on her account about adoptees and I loved this book for that. I wish I could give this book three and a half stars. I just didn't like the way it ended or how [...]

    12. I really enjoy her writing, because her characters are really well drawn. She does have a way of wrapping things up very neatly and a bit oddly in the last 2 books of hers that I've read, but I'll keep reading. A very good exploration of some of the loopholes in the law this case, adoption law, but really there are quite a few out there. I'd enjoy a conversation with a number of these characters, although I'm not crazy about the way Gordy treated women, Keefer excepted.

    13. This book constantly made me think about what family is, what justice is, how we should treat each other. At points I really could not decide what should happen, but when the result was known, it was exactly right. I had read an early Mitchard, but this seemed much better developed, more believable and unique characters. There were a few parts I skipped because it was too sexually graphic for me (a sideplot), but it is a book I am still thinking over.

    14. I really wanted to like this book a lot more, it sounded interesting when I read the blurb. However, I found the writing style a challenge and I very nearly gave up reading it altogether. And this is not something I do very often! The story matter was interesting enough, it was just a struggle to read.

    15. Once begun, it is unusual for me not to finish a book. This one will not get finished. 100 pages in I have not developed a liking, hating or empathy for a single character. The writing style is choppy and hard to follow. The only clue I have as to where the story is headed is the synopsis on the back cover. In short, there's just not enough to keep me turning the pages.

    16. É sobre pessoas, sobre sentimentos, e é sobretudo acerca de todas as contradições de que o ser humano é feito; nunca li nenhum livro desta autora sem me sentir tocada pela sua sensibilidade, há sempre algo para cada um de nós!

    17. SO good. Beautifully written and a heart tugging look at a custody battle and the love of adopted children.

    18. There were times I struggled with this book and considered not finishing it but yet wanted to find out how it ended. However, after many twists and turns, the ending seemed to be tied up in too neat of a little bow but at the same time one that is almost not believable. On the plus side, Mitchard tackles some issues that can be at times heart wrenching, including whether adopted children can be considered the same as "blood relatives" and what qualities make a fit parent when the future of an or [...]

    19. A fascinating story, even if a little confronting at times. I found most of the characters had qualities that made them difficult to like, so I found myself switching who I was most sympathetic with throughout the book. But maybe that was the author's intent? I also found the writing style frustrating as major plot points seemed to be buried in prose and the emotional ramblings of the characters, for example learning the outcomes of various court stages. The final chapter written from Keefer's p [...]

    20. I tried to read this years ago, but got a few pages in and decided I didn't feel like dealing with other people's drama. But I guess the drama in my own life at the moment found a mirror in the pages of this book.Mitchard's characters come off the page as her writing style fades away, allowing her story to take precedence over any tendency for attention-grabbing prose. One of the reasons I like to read fiction is to find, besides reflections, explanations or at least a delving in to secret emoti [...]

    21. 3.4 stars. Good, not great. Partly because I felt Georgia and Ray weren't fleshed out enough, even in flashbacks after death. (That's not a spoiler, their demise is mentioned on the book jacket.) And the Cadys really weren't very three-dimensional Kind of caricature-y.d the fact that the kid was named Keefer, just seemed so silly to meAnyway, it was still entertaining, just not as good as Two If By Sea or The Deep End of the Ocean, which I thought were pretty great.

    22. Great book! This author is the master/mistress of capturing the myriad of thoughts that flow through a persons head connected to current events via past experience, our physical reality and oh so many other things. A well thought out book, with characters that are revealed (Delia and her husband) or developed over time (Gordy). You can see directionally where the book will end up but that doesn’t matter as it is an enjoyable trip getting there

    23. 3.5 starsToddler Keefer is orphaned by parent's death in probable suicide car crash (her mom was dying of cancer) and both families want to adopt her. Explores emotional and legal legitimacy of adopted (Keefer's mom was adopted and Keefer's uncle wants to raise Keefer) vs "natural" (Keefer's father's family) relations. Also explores adaptation to adult responsibilities (Keefer's uncle is a young bachelor). Many likable characters, bogs down at times

    24. I really wanted to love this book, but for me, it was just "meh". It felt like a watery, wannabe imitation of a Jodi Picoult book, except that it didn't come close. It was disjointed and rushed and at times confusing. And I really could have done without the graphic details of Lindsey's pubic hair. In all, it was okay. I have a few other books from this author to read, so hopefully they are better.

    25. Great topic! Definitely had me thinking and emotionally engaged. I didn't give it five stars because I felt that something was missing. I'm not sure what and can't quite put my finger on it but something. Still great book and would make for a great discussion.

    26. Rounding up. I really wanted to like this book. I really liked the idea of this book but the actuality of it was a bit of a disappointment.

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