Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
Cheryl Cory’s debut novel begins with our heroine, Sylvie O’ Rourke, fearing for her life as the plane she is on experiences extreme turbulence. Anxious and desperate, she makes a bargain with God to land the plane safely and she in turn will devote one year of her life to doing “something good.” During the turbulence, it dawns on Sylvie that she has yet to do something worthwhile or useful with her life, and that motivates her to make good on her end of the bargain and teach 10th grade English…
Sylvie O’ Rourke is a simple, romantic heroine that desires to be cherished and loved unconditionally. She admires the romance between Maria and Captain von Trapp from The Sound of Music, and the great love-story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Sylvie is delightful, inspiring, and easy to identify with. I enjoyed her experiences and observations as a first-year teacher, as they mirrored some of my own and were quite true. She learns, very quickly, the pleasures and the pains of what it is to be a teacher. In addition, I enjoyed her in-depth class discussions and compassion she has for her students. Sylvie is a heroine anyone can admire and relate to.