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

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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A Theory of Relativity

  1. Jacquelyn Mitchard s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was named by USA Today as one of the ten most influential books of the past 25 years second only to the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling but second by a long shot, it must be said The Deep End of the Ocean was chosen as the first novel in the book club made famous by the TV host Oprah Winfrey, and transformed into a feature film produced by and starring Michelle Pfeiffer.All of Mitchard s novels have been greater or lesser bestsellers and include The Most Wanted, A Theory of Relativity, Twelve Times Blessed, The Breakdown Lane and Cage of Stars Critics have praised them for their authentic humanity and skilful command of story Readers identify because they see reflected, in her characters however extreme their circumstances emotions they already understand.Mitchard s first story of adventure and her eighth novel of realistic contemporary fiction is Still Summer August, 2007 In the same month, the paperback version of her most critically acclaimed novel, Cage of Stars August 2007 , appears from Warner Books.Mitchard also has embarked on four novels for young adults The first, Now You See Her, from HarperTeen, is the story of a pampered, driven young actress who fakes her own abduction Next spring, also from HarperTeen, All We Know of Heaven will tell the story of lifetime best friends Bridget and Maureen, who are just sixteen when a fatal crash on an icy road and a poignant case of mistaken identity divide their small Minnesota town forever.Now You See Her also is the first novel made visible, in a short series of beginning episodes on the Internet site YouTube, where actress Lauren Collins Peterson appears in several vlogs or video blogs as the fictional Hope Shay.In summer, 2008, The Midnight Twins, first in a trilogy of teen mysteries about identical twin sisters born on New Year s Eve one a minute before and a minute after midnight appears Meredith and Mallory Brynn learn on the night they turn thirteen that their psychic abilities will force them to intervene in dire events, although one twin can see only the future and one can see only the past.Meanwhile, Mitchard is completing her next adult novel and continues as a contributing editor for the Disney parenting magazine Wondertime, as well writing pieces for More, Parade and Real Simple, among other magazines Her syndicated column for Tribune Media appears in newspapers around the nation.At the local coffee shop, Mitchard is best known as the mother of Rob, Dan, Marty, Francie, Mia, Will and Atticus and she can repeat those names in sequence in the space of two seconds the wife of handsome Chris Brent and the best pal of the extremely photogenic mutt, Hobbes.They divide their time between a big Italianate house built by Mitchard s husband on Story Hill in south central Wisconsin and a villa on the Amalfi Coast well, one can dream Her favorite color is periwinkle blue her favorite holiday is Halloween her favorite flower is freesia her favorite word is smite, and her second favorite is Massachusetts her lucky number is 119 anyone who can guess where that comes from wins a pair of startlingly cool earrings or a University of Wisconsin ball cap Her favorite place on earth is Cape Cod where, very unlike the writer Isak Dinesen in Nairobi she owned a home for ten years, and does believe the shadows in the driveway remember her shape.Her pet peeves are PhDs who cannot and will not learn the difference between lie and lay and family signs pluralized with apostrophes She still hopes that Dick Wolf can find it in his heart to let her appear on just ONE episode of any incarnation of Law and Order, as has everyone else in America She still is willing to play the role of a murder victim except one found by earth moving equipment in a landfill though she wou

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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 shake [...]


  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 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 this boo [...]


  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 in a [...]


  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 he used [...]



  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 been a t [...]


  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 cou [...]


  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 these topics an [...]


  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 people in [...]


  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 child Several [...]


  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 she tr [...]


  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, 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 , 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. sobre pessoas, sobre sentimentos, e sobretudo acerca de todas as contradi es de que o ser humano feito nunca li nenhum livro desta autora sem me sentir tocada pela sua sensibilidade, h sempre algo para cada um de n s


  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 orphan [...]


  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 persp [...]


  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 emotion [...]


  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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