Fans of Alice Hoffman will not be disappointed in her latest novel. The main character, Shelby Richmond, feels responsible for an automobile accident that left her best friend paralyzed and in a coma. Self-destructive, depressed and in a mental hospital for three months, she doesn’t have the will or desire to get on with her life. Fortunately, there are several people who truly love her and want her to survive, which includes her “guardian angel,” her mother and four stray dogs.
Faithful is a well-written novel with, for the most part, likeable characters who understand the importance of love and understanding. Although the ending was a bit too tidy for me, most reader’s will be pleased with Shelby’s recovery and growth. GO CUBS!!!