About Charlotte Vale-Allen
Charlotte Vale-Allen On Writing
Acts of Kindness
Dreaming In Color
Gifts of Love
Matters of the Heart
Meet Me In Time
Moments of Meaning
Pieces of Dreams
Sudden Moves: The sequel to Fresh Air
Times of Triumph
Where Is The Baby?
The Young Person's Dreambook
Katharine Marlowe Titles
Island Nation Press
How to Contact Charlotte
When Kyra Latimer, a member of the renowned British theatrical Latimer family, loses her husband to a freak accident in Manhattan, she not only can't absorb the fact of his absence, she also can't imagine how she'll be able to move into the future without him. But on the day of his funeral, a young woman with a small boy in tow shows up at Kyra's home, claiming to be the child Kyra surrendered for adoption some twenty-odd years before.
Refusing to accept the truth that she cannot possibly be a child of Kyra's Jennifer Cullen insists on leaving her three-year-old son, Jesse, with his "grandmother." If Kyra won't take the boy, Jennifer will turn him over to Children's Aid and that's all there is to the matter.
Touched by the boy's visible neglect, and as deaf to reason in her own way as Jennifer is in hers, Kyra agrees to take Jesse in. After hastily drawn-up legal documents are signed by both parties, Jennifer goes hurrying off, and Kyra takes on a new role as a mother.
As it turns out, Jesse is no ordinary child, and Kyra is no ordinary mother. In the course of their life together in London, surrounded by the illustrious and eccentric family members, Kyra and Jesse flourish and founder in unanticipated ways. Until, finally, Kyra is forced to confront a choice she'd prefer not to have to make at all: whether or not to honor the life-or-death decision of her adopted son.
Hilarious and heart-wrenching, Parting Gifts deals with a remarkable boy and the woman who, in time, discovers not only how he came to be in her life but also a very special talent for parenting.