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5 Stars! Donna Zapf, Reviewer Single Titles, CataNetwork
"Family Interrupted is a powerfully emotional story about the worst heartache a family could ever experience. What, if anything, will help the family to heal? The hallmark of a great read is becoming lost in the story and this reader wanted to offer advice to the characters like beloved friends. Gifted writer Linda Barrett exceeds all expectations with this exceptional novel, and her readers reap the reward. Family Interrupted is a beautiful novel."
4 Stars! Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews
"A family's life shatters when their daughter is hit by a car. The driver was not drunk or speeding, but is unable to forgive herself. In Family Interrupted, Barrett's talent in storytelling will keep your nerves raw and your eyes moist as you silently yearn for the people involved to recover from each devastating blow they receive.... My emotions stayed in constant flux.... By the end, I was filled with a warm glow and had a silly smile spread across my face. Linda Barrett will take your emotions on an unpredictable roller coaster ride."
Guilt and Blame.
Shaken by tragedy, the Barnes family has fractured. Mother. Father. Son. Each dealing with the pain separately and alone. Holding fast to guilt and blame. Real or imagined.
Claire, an artist who finally follows her dream and encounters a nightmare. Jack, a home builder who thinks he can fix anything--except what matters most. And Ian, a teenage son to be proud of. Until he moves out. Fifty miles away from the darkness at home.
On the verge of divorce when their son's new life goes terribly awry, Claire and Jack are forced to re-examine their lives in order to save their marriage and heal a family that, according to Ian, "has gone to hell."
But can they find the road back?
Two years after their 12 year old daughter's accidental death by a motorist, Claire and Jack Barnes go through the motions of celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. When artist Claire produces her gift--a full-scale oil painting of their daughter--Jack has had enough. With his daughter gone, his wife focused on the past and his 20 year old son living on his own, Jack feels like a stranger in his own home and moves out the day after the party.
Claire understands they're heading for divorce. Two days later, when she's alone in the house, a young woman comes to the door and hands over her infant. This is their son's baby. The girl says, "I told Ian she'd be too much work, and I've got other plans." She disappears. Ian is ready to put the baby up for adoption because his daughter deserves a good, solid family, better than what the Barneses have become. Jack and Claire must figure out what to do next.
Intersecting the main stories of the Barnes family is the subplot involving the driver of the car. No alcohol, no speeding involved. But guilt seeps into the driver's soul and changes her life. Who will forgive this woman?