A Lovely, Indecent Departure Review

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A Lovely, Indecent Departure
By Steven Lee Gilbert

About the book:

Miller wants only one thing, her son, and she will do anything to keep him. When a district court awards custody of Oliver to his father, she abducts the five year old and flees to Italy where with her family’s help they disappear into the fabric of her native homeland. Told in prose that is both stripped-down and overpowering, Gilbert shapes the everyday conflict of child custody into a stunning search for sense of worth. Standing in the young woman’s way is Evan Meade, the boy’s guileful and mean-spirited father, who hires a private investigator when the efforts of the embattled local sheriff, Monroe Rossi, fail to track them down. But as the investigation draws them all closer to Anna, Evan’s true nature betrays itself and the question of what’s in the child’s best interest becomes not so clear anymore.

My Review:

A Lovely, Indecent Departure is told through three main characters perspectives: Anna (Oliver’s mother), Evan (Oliver’s father) and Monroe (the Sheriff).  Each character’s point of view offers the reader a well rounded account of the story line.

Anna and Evan share a son, named Oliver.  Evan has full custody and Anna just wants more time with her son.  She decides to flee the country in order to disappear with her son.  She starts a new life in Italy, while Evan is left to search for his son.  In his search, we learn more about Evan and what kind of person he is, even those close to him.  He ends up pushing his wife away in the process.  We follow Evan’s journey for answers, while Anna searches for freedom and safety with her son.

This book is full of emotion, drama, suspense and family issues.  Any parent can relate to this story or feel something for at least once character in this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: A book was provided to me by the author for review.  No payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book’s publisher and publicist or the readers of this review.  This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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