BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: One Pink Line by Dina Silver
One Pink Line
by Dina Silver
Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Can the love of a lifetime be forever changed by one pink line? Dina Silver’s tender, absorbing novel, One Pink Line, is the warmhearted, wry story of love, loss and family, as seen through the prism of one singular, spirited young couple who find themselves in a predicament that changes the course of their lives, and those closest to them. With heart, humor and compassion, this debut work of women’s fiction is certain to stir anyone who relishes a good laugh, can stand a good cry, and, above all believes in the redemptive power of love.
This unique, contemporary story gives readers a dual perspective. Sydney Shephard, a sweet-tempered, strong-natured college senior is young, in love with an exceptional man, and unexpectedly pregnant. Faced with a child she never planned for, she is forced to relay this news to her neurotic mother, relinquish her youth, and risk losing the love of her life. Then there’s Grace, a daughter, who believed she was a product of this great love, grows to realize her existence is not what she assumed, and is left with profound and puzzling questions about who she really is.
Spanning generations and every imaginable emotion, One Pink Line reveals how two points of view can be dramatically at odds, and perhaps ultimately reconciled. Simultaneously deeply felt and lighthearted, One Pink Line deftly mines how the choices we make are able to alter so many lives, and how doing the right thing and living honestly can bring unexpected, hard-won happiness. It’s a must-read for anyone who relishes a great love story, absorbing characters, and plenty of laughs along the way.
MY THOUGHTS: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Sydney Shephard is finishing up her senior year at Purdue when she realizes that she’s pregnant. And the baby is not for her longtime boyfriend Ethan; it’s the result of a drunken night with a friend named Kevin. Just when Sidney thinks her life can’t get worse, Kevin declares that he wants absolutely nothing to do with Sydney or her child. Her parents don’t have the nicest reaction to her news, either. Sydney must toughen up and face adulthood to make a life for herself and her daughter.
I really liked this book, even though it was a bit predictable. The story is told in alternating chapters from the points of view of Sydney and her daughter, Grace. I appreciated the fact that it goes from the past, to present day, allowing us to get inside the minds of both characters.
Sydney was OK. She is a take-charge kind of girl, although she does have some moments where she feels sorry for herself (never in front of others, though). But Ethan is the one that really gave this book heart for me. He is an unbelievably amazing guy, and just what Sydney needed in her life–though she sometimes didn’t appreciate it. There were a few moments towards the end of the book where his actions made me tear up–he’s just that sweet.
This is not to say that I approved of the way his and Sydney’s relationship progressed. Obviously, they could both tell that while Sydney was in college, they were growing apart. Why not just break up? If they were meant to be, of course destiny would bring them back together. I think that by giving each other some space from the relationship, they could have saved each other a lot of grief and guilty feelings. I know it is hard to let go of something that’s been in your life for so long, though.
While I’m glad everything worked out nicely for Sydney, I have to say I was taken a little aback by the way some people (her parents, mainly) freaked about her getting pregnant. Yes, is was accidental and maybe disappointing, but Sydney was basically done with college and was 22 years old. She may have been a single mother, but she was an adult. I guess what bothered me most about this story was that I felt it really wasn’t a big deal for her to get pregnant at that point in her life. It could have happened when she was a teenager, still in high school, for God’s sake. As I said, I’m happy things worked out well for her, but it definitely does not for so many other young moms.
This book was an entertaining piece of chick lit, and I would recommend it for young moms.
About the Author
A graduate of Purdue University, Dina Silver has spent the past fifteen years feeding her red wine habit by working as a copywriter in the advertising industry. In addition to writing ad copy, she formed Dinas Ideas (dinasideas.com), a greeting card company, in 2003. Dina serves as the sole writer and designer for the business and has penned over 300 greeting cards since its inception.
The author is giving away 3 eBook copies and 3 paperback copies of ONE PINK LINE, as well as 3 copies of her other novel, Kat Fight. Open International.