Paperback, 432 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by NAL
After her husband dies unexpectedly, Abby Roberts comes across something startling: wedding photographs of him with another woman, along with pictures of a baby boy. Shocked, Abby does something utterly impulsive: She embarks on a journey to discover the family her husband apparently left behind.
Money has always been tight for single mom Fern Reyes, and never tighter than now. But this month, in place of a child-support check, her ex's pretty, privileged wife appears on her doorstep with far too many questions. Unfortunately, her young son is so taken with Abby that Fern doesn’t have the heart to send her away.
What begins as one woman’s search for truth becomes a deep bond forged between the unlikeliest of people, and the discovery that there are many ways to make a family—as long as you take care...
The Ones Who Matter Most is a perfect book club book. There is so much I want to discuss here.
The characters relationship is interesting. Fern is raising a child on her own and then poof the boy’s father’s new wife appears in their life. Abby, the ex’s new wife, and Matty, the son, start a relationship with Fern’s knowledge. It is a weird triangle that works well for everyone. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. There was no way a relationship like that would work, except it did. Their friendship made sense in a weird unique kind of way.
The storyline was amazing. I started the book, I read the words as fast as I could, and I just couldn’t stop turning the pages. The Ones Who Matter Most is phenomenal. It is a complicated blended family story. The characters are pushed to make things work for the happiness of a child. The child pulls the adults together and makes them act like adults. Rachael Herron has always written amazing stories and this one is no exception. I definitely recommend checking it out.