February 19, 2012

book review: one pink line

Dina Silver's One Pink Line tells a compelling story about love, growing up, consequences and what it means to be a family.

When Sydney finds herself graduating from college and unexpectedly pregnant by a man who is not her long-time boyfriend from back home, she must make tough decisions that will forever change her world and the lives' of those around her. After making the decision to keep her baby, she must build a different life then the one she expected. With the baby's father out of the picture, Sydney finds others willing to offer love and help.

Years later, Grace, her daughter, deals with the reality of her existence and her desire to meet the biological father who never wanted her.

That's all I will say about the plot, because anything more would spoil the story — and I really don't want to do that.

I enjoyed this book. It is another one I sat down to read and could not stop once I started. Told uniquely from the perspective of a single mother in the early 1990s and her daughter years later in the present day, the stories wove together beautifully.

Even though I occasionally found myself frustrated with Sydney or Grace, or questioning their decisions, I still liked them. Each made mistakes and hurt other people around them, but it was never malicious and they always regretted their actions. When a character does that, he or she becomes so much more relatable to me.

Again, not wanting to ruin the story, I'll only say I enjoyed a lot of the secondary characters in the book. A couple in particular were great, and one incredible. (Read the book and you will know who I am referring to.)

One Pink Line honestly told a story about life and its complexity. Sometimes we make wrong decisions, and sometimes the unexpected happens. Sometimes it is hard and hurtful. But at times, it can be truly wonderful.

The story's greatest strength came from showing what makes a family a family. It is not about blood or perfection. It is about love. Whether you are a parent or child, sibling or friend, love defines your family.

Rating: 5 of 5

Check back tomorrow to read a guest post from the author.

Author Bio:
A graduate of Purdue University, Dina Silver has spent the past fifteen years feeding her red wine habit by working as a copywriter in the advertising industry. After seeing the bulk of her professional prose on brochures and direct mail pieces, she is delighted to have made the transition to novelist. She currently lives with her husband and son in suburban Chicago, where she is working on her next book. Inspired by a true story, One Pink Line is Dina’s debut novel.

Connect with Dina!
Twitter: @DinaSilver

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  1. Great review! I also love the pink cover!

  2. I loved it too! I haven't read a single review that wasn't glowing. This has definitely made it to my favorites list. :)