How much more can you give when you’ve already given everything? In Colleen Faulkner’s affecting, thought-provoking new novel, the mother of a pregnant teenager discovers there are no easy answers—and that a mistake-proof life may not be worth living …

Liv Ridgely prides herself on being the responsible wrangler of all things family: stay at home mom, caretaker of elderly parents, supporter of husband Oscar’s career, savior of her wayward sister. Now, with her son off to college, and her ambitious daughter, Hazel, a year away from following him, it’s Liv’s turn. She’s even established her dream career of bringing beautiful old homes back to life in the most picturesque part of Maine.

Until she learns that 16-year-old Hazel is three months pregnant. 

Hazel insists she will have the baby and raise him with her boyfriend, Tyler, who’s no one’s idea of a model father. Clearly, there are going to be some conflicts to iron out.

Liv just doesn’t expect them to be with her husband. 

As it turns out, Liv and Oscar have very different ideas about what to do. Perhaps it’s because Liv, who was adopted, has a unique perspective on this baby’s future. And perhaps it’s because, as a mother, she knows better than anyone how Hazel’s young life will be changed forever. 

As the family fractures in every direction, past resentments and pain come tumbling out. After years of putting others first, Liv wonders if she can do what’s best for her daughter, her parents, and her marriage—while still being true to herself.


This book is so amazingly realistic, that while I was cleaning up my kitchen, I thought about it, and momentarily forgot it was a book I was reading and not a movie I had paused!

The Authors writing style is almost flawless, and I suspect the few issues I found had more to do with the way the ARC formatted onto my Kindle. I’m sure they have been fixed for the final version.

What I loved about this book was the realness of it. The truth and honesty of it. Nothing was sugar coated. Nothing was brushed over.

The characters are thoroughly fleshed out, and the Author hit the nail on the head with all of the characters, especially Hazel, the pregnant teenage daughter.

Book smart does not always translate into life smarts, especially with teenagers, and the Author executed this flawlessly.

It was a most excellent read, and the only times I put it down were the times life called me to duty.

This book will be available for purchase on August 27, 2019

In the meantime, here our some other previously published books by Colleen Faulkner that you can check out!


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