AUTHOR: Dina Silver
GENRE: NA contemporary romance
PUBLISHED: October 2011
SOURCE: Galley copy approved by NetGalley
Can the love of a lifetime be forever changed by one pink line? Dina Silver’s tender, absorbing novel, One Pink Line, is a warmhearted, wry story of love, loss and family, as seen through the prism of one singular, spirited young couple who find themselves in a predicament that changes the course of their lives, and those closest to them. With heart, humor and compassion, this debut work of women’s fiction is certain to stir anyone who relishes a good laugh, can stand a good cry, and, above all believes in the redemptive power of love.
This unique, contemporary story gives readers a dual perspective. Sydney Shephard, a sweet-tempered, strong-natured college senior is young, in love with an exceptional man, and unexpectedly pregnant. Faced with a child she never planned for, she is forced to relay this news to her neurotic mother, relinquish her youth, and risk losing the love of her life. Then there’s Grace, a daughter, who believed she was a product of this great love, grows to realize her existence is not what she assumed, and is left with profound and puzzling questions about who she really is.
Spanning generations and every imaginable emotion, One Pink Line reveals how two points of view can be dramatically at odds, and perhaps ultimately reconciled. Simultaneously deeply felt and lighthearted, One Pink Line deftly mines how the choices we make are able to alter so many lives, and how doing the right thing and living honestly can bring unexpected, hard-won happiness. It’s a must-read for anyone who craves a great love story, absorbing characters, and plenty of laughs along the way.
OK, so what do I say about One Pink Line? How about … WOW … I LOVED IT … AMAZING … YOU HAVE TO READ IT. Do you think that conveys how I felt about this book?
One Pink Line is the story of Sydney, her boyfriend Ethan, their long distance relationship, and Sydney’s one major slip up which changes their lives forever.
I loved Sydney. She was down to earth, practical, realistic, and just got on with what life dealt her. I really felt for her when she realised how that one night was going to change her future.
“Having to sacrifice you to have this baby will destroy me, so I hope that in time you can find a way to forgive me.”
I loved Ethan too. He just has to be, hands down, the most perfect, patient guy EVER! He doesn’t judge, he doesn’t say nasty things, he’s just supportive. All the things he could do right, he does them.
“I feared the worst, yet Ethan showed his true colours once again. He could have hurled a number of despicable words at me, but he didn’t. He was quiet and respectful, and I deserved none of it.”
I cried for Ethan, and Sydney too, when she had to break the news to him. He was such a nice guy who didn’t deserve what was happening to him and he took it all so well. Sydney didn’t deserve all the heartache either but she did an amazing job of stepping up to her responsibilities and owning her indiscretion.
I adored Grace. Reading things from her point of view was refreshing but also heartbreaking in some parts. Dina Silver did a great job of getting Grace and the feelings of a 5th grader just right. I could really feel her hurt, confusion and fear at things having now changed. She no longer knew who she was, where she fit in to all this, was she loved, was she wanted? She had so many questions that she desperately needed answers to.
I really didn’t like Sydney’s mum at first but she really grew on me. She stepped up to help Sydney when she needed her which was the most important thing. I loved Sydney’s sister and dad, but especially her dad. I cried a LOT while reading this book and a note that Sydney’s dad sends her with a gift really set me off. Such a beautiful moment.
One Pink Line is so well written. I laughed, I already told you I cried, and I really felt for these characters and all that they went through. It’s the story of unconditional love, forgiveness, unbreakable bonds, and moving forward.
I absolutely loved One Pink Line and I have a new favourite author in Dina Silver. I blazed through it in half a day. My only regret is that it sat on my Kindle for so long (6 months) before I finally got around to reading it. Do yourself a favour and go download it right now!