Del and Barbara Calvert are
separated and going through a divorce. Having to get married
young, they spent their formative years trying to make ends
meet and raise their family. Del has always thought that he
ruined Barbara’s life and that he never would measure up to
her expectations. Barbara has spent her entire married life
doing what others expect and allowing Del to make decisions
she should have had a part in. It takes the antics of their
son and the subsequent danger he is placed in to bring Del and
Barbara back together. Will it be enough?
First off I have to admit that
I owe Del Calvert an apology. Having been divorced myself, I
was prepared to hate him. I wanted to hate him. He LEFT his
family. Then I began to read more of the book and found out
that his leaving was what he wholeheartedly thought was the
best thing he could do for the family he loved
unconditionally. That’s when my impression of him began to
change. I saw not a tough and rugged man who left his family
but a lonely eighteen-year-old boy who thought he had ruined
the life of the woman he loved more than anything else in the
world. When I realized that, I fell in love with him.
What a wonderful book His Ordinary
Life was. Anything but ordinary, Linda Winfree
has penned an uncommonly realistic portrayal of a family torn
apart by the possibility of divorce and separation. I ached
for Del and Barbara and could see that they loved each other.
Screaming at them more than once while reading, I was torn
between wanting to thump them on the heads and grabbing them
up and hugging them so tightly that they couldn’t breathe.
If His Ordinary
Life is any indication of Linda Winfree’s
writing ability, then I foresee great things in her future.
This was truly a heartwarming and wonderful book.