Within the first couple of pages I was totally immersed in Gus' world and I am gutted that I have finished the book and have to leave. Gus is a single parent - he has been looking after his son since he was 3 months old (Sam is 5 for the main part of the book) and has been doing a pretty good job of it after being thrown into parenthood at the deep end in the middle of the night. In fact, Gus is the perfect guy - he is good looking, does housework, cooks, brings up a child alone, is a genuinely nice guy - and rich. Where can I get a Gus?
The main part of the story starts when Sam is 5 and his mother comes back into their lives wanting to establish contact explaining that events of the past were all down to her bipolar disorder, which was undiagnosed at the time, but that now she is taking medication and is stabilised. What you get is a very moving tale about a family trying to do the right thing by their son - with the bipolar storyline, for the most part, simmering gently away in the background whilst the characters get on with building bridges, forging relationships and life in general. It is a tale of family, love, guilt, regret.
The writing is wonderful, the characters well rounded and believable and the plot moves on in a very beautiful way. There was one segment (holiday in Oregon)which, whilst enjoyable reading did not really add anything to the storyline - I kept expecting the people Gus and Sam had met on that holiday to appear again later or at least get referred to, but they were never heard of again.
There is no happy ending in this book in the traditional sense, it is in fact very sad in most respects but I was very sorry to get to the end because by that time I was totally in love with Gus.