Wave to Papa by Erin Lee

Rachel Jacks

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Wave to Papa by Erin Lee is a fictional story inspired by real life events.  At the beginning of Wave to Papa the reader is thrown into Dawn's world as she is leaving the courthouse. You quickly learn that Dawn's husband is being accused of child abuse due to a recent skull fracture and more recently a broken arm that their son has sustained while being with his father. You also learn about Dawn's daughters from her previous marriage: Ruby, who has autism, and Ann, who is in the foster care system.  Rose is the mother that, despite her history with men, tries to push her daughter to make the right choices. Dan is the uneducated husband with all the best of intentions, but a poor upbringing that interferes with his ability to parent appropriately. You also learn about the life of the foster mom and her struggles, the determined social worker, and the overworked judge. Although there are many characters and life stories, this book is mostly about Dawn's struggle to learn what it takes to be a good mother and learning that sometimes that isn't always as simple as it seems.

This story is truly moving and inspirational. I love how she changes perspectives throughout the book, because it helps the reader see that some things are not just black and white.  Hands down, Wave to Papa by Erin Lee has earned 4 out of 4 stars

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