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    Most heart warming book, so many mixed emotions.

    One of the best books I have read in years. Emotional rollar coaster from page 1 to the end. Sad, funny, tears, what more can I say. Everyone should read this book.
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    A new author for me. Will read more

    A well written and compelling read. It touched my heart with a story that unfortunately could apply to so many people these days. I am looking foreward to reading more from Jill Childs. Thank you.
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    Excellent read touches on sensitive issue

    Maddy is a bag lady - as she is oft-described in this affecting ready by Jill Childs. More than that, she is a watcher. Just who is she watching and why? She catches the eye of a five-year-old little girl, Rosie. In the very first chapter, written in first-person, which is in Maddy's voice, it is stated: "I know you. I know you in a way you can't imagine." These two sentences set the tone for the entire book. Quite swiftly, however, we get Becca's and Sarah's chapters. Each chapter is named after one of the three women. Why is this done? Who are they and how are their lives connected? As mentioned, Maddy is often described as a bag lady, and this bothered me. But, the author no doubt had specific reason for doing this. In actuality, Maddy was a homeless woman, and one pivotal to this story. Because one of the primary characters was homeless, her story had to be told. It doesn't take long to see how Becca and Sarah are connected; they live in the same apartment building and their little girls are best friends. If one were to dissect the lives of Maddy, Becci and Sarah, it would be a bit painful. After all, reading about a woman forced to live on the streets, in part due to alcoholism, is difficult, to say the least. Then there is Becca, a divorced woman with little Rosie and a teen son. She is striving to make a living, all while trying to avoid her ex. Lastly with have Sarah, another single mom, and Sarah is struggling too. However, she is struggling with more than making a living. Sarah has a dark secret. Speaking of secrets, Maddy has one of her own, and boy is it a whopper. Without spoiling this book with this review, it only makes sense that the three women are connected. I struggled through the read while making said connections. Oh, not with the book itself. I struggled because I felt their pain, all three of them. Their lives certainly were not easy and I could only hope that by the end of the book that the secrets would be revealed and resolved. Invisible Girl is the third book that I have read by Jill Childs and, as before, I was hit right between the eyes. They are all sensitive stories, each and every one of them. I would like to add that there was a specific reason the author wrote this book, and I think she did an excellent job getting the message across. I will forever keep a few dollars in my pocket or wallet to give to the homeless. No doubt many, many of them are in that predicament due to circumstances beyond their control. I look forward to the next compelling book by this inspiring author. Many thanks to Bookoture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    Invisible Girl is a Sure Winner !

    Maddy is a homeless woman who endears herself to 5 year old Rosie, Becca's daughter. Becca is quite leery of Maddy. Yet, when Becca forgets to take her money from an ATM transaction and Maddy has saved it for her, Becca softens. Rosie's father is an emotional abuser whom Becca, Rosie, and Becca's son, Alex(14), moved away from 8 months ago. Becca and her children now live in a flat - 2nd floor above Sarah and her 5 year old daughter, Ella. Sarah and Becca both work and take turns watching each other's children and it seems to be working out. I do think that 14 year old Alex can babysit, too? At the park, Rosie and Ella find an unconscious Maddy while they are playing hide and seek. Rosie INSISTS on visiting Maddy in the hospital. Somehow, Becca invites Maddy for Christmas lunch. Might work as a buffer since Mark and his mother are invited, also. Although we know early in the story that Sarah is a regular petty thief, the reader knows that there is more to her than she is letting on... What IS Maddy after? Love of family or something else? And what in her past has made Maddie, an English teacher, become homeless? And all of the rest!!! To avoid any spoilers; let me say that this is a story of mystery, manipulation, and deceit. A wild ride that you do not want to miss! Many Thanks, again, to Bookouture and NetGalley for a thrilling read!
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    Invisible.

    Wonderful book. I loved reading this story. I felt that I was right there,seeing and living amongst the charachters. Wonderful read with many parts to start you connecting with the people in the books do not miss reading this book.
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