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All the Lonely People


A cozy novel for fans of A Man Called Ove. A widowed retiree will rediscover the...
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Ashley makes a leap of faith by setting out on her own to raise her daughter. What hardships did she encounter? What kind of strength does it take to create the type of life you want while raising a child?

Created: 08/17/22

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davinamw

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Ashley makes a leap of faith by setting out on her own to raise her daughter. What hardships did she encounter? What kind of strength does it take to create the type of life you want while raising a child?

Ashley makes a leap of faith by setting out on her own to raise her daughter. What hardships did she encounter as a result? What kind of strength does it take to create the type of life you want while raising a child?


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Ellen

Join Date: 08/05/22

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RE: Ashley makes a leap of faith by ...

Ashley was such a brave and humane character. She wanted a better life for herself and her daughter and so decided to go forward alone to raise her daughter. She was young and shy and not an obvious heroine for this story and yet life often presents us with unlikely heroes. Imagine having to ask a neighbor that you hardly know (and doesn't seem very friendly) to watch your daughter while you interview for a new job. She was very positive and caring and rose to the occasion when Hubert needed time to recover his strength and confidence after the burglary.


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lorrained

Join Date: 12/04/20

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RE: Ashley makes a leap of faith by ...

Ashley draws on her remarkable inner strength and courage, and positive determination to forge a life for herself and her daughter. She's alone with no one to turn to, but being in desperate need of a job, she approaches the unfriendly neighbor she met only once. Raising a child, or children, with limited resources and very little assistance is a major undertaking. It takes durability, persistence, and a lot of sacrifice on the part of the parent. One becomes the master juggler attempting to synchronistically balance work, life, time with child, childcare arrangements, financial obligations, and sanity. Ashley's optimism and kind nature were two of her greater strengths.


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bettyt

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RE: Ashley makes a leap of faith by ...

Ashleigh was brave and determined to make a good life for herself and her daughter Layla. Her determination in finding a job caused her to have to reach out to Hubert, who had not been friendly to her previously, to watch Layla while she interviewed for a job. But that act of courage resulted in her making friends with Hubert, which they both needed. And eventually led to meeting Emils.

It was a struggle for her to make ends meet on her own. But she remained friendly and thoughtful to everyone. Her positive attitude resulted in people being friendlier to her. And, of course, Layla charmed everyone.


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jenniferj

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RE: Ashley makes a leap of faith by ...

Ashley had to start over, with little money and no job. She had to find childcare for Layla. She did not have the support of family. She quickly found a job and reached out to others until she had created a new "family."


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margiec

Join Date: 01/05/22

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RE: Ashley makes a leap of faith by ...

She was all alone in an unfamiliar place. She was a single mom with no support system or job initially. Child care seemed to be one of her biggest hardships, which is how she first met Hubert. Ashley was an outgoing social person, so she craved human relationships and interaction.


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