Reviewed by Poppy J.

Good To a Fault by Marina Endicott is about coming to terms with yourself and understanding what you want out of life. Clara Purdy has a car accident that takes her into an elevated state of realizing who she is. She finally comes to the realization that she can have everything she wants, and it doesn’t have to be at the expense of anyone else, not even herself.

Clara feels sorry for the Gages, a family also involved in the car accident. She makes the decision to take the family in, and soon finds out that it is amistake of the highest order. Throughout the story, the reader expects that the family unit will evolve, but what happens is that it is mostly Clara who does the evolving and develops into a different, if not better, person. She might have originally wanted the family she took in to become a real family to her, but in the end, she becomes a real person to them.

What seems interesting in the story is that Clara feels obligated to visit Lorraine, the matriarch of the family she takes in. Lorraine is in the hospital with a terminal illness, and her husband leaves as soon as he can get out of the picture. Clara dutifully visits Lorraine, even when her own family is unable to do so. Many people acknowledge the benefits of lending a hand to those less fortunate. For Clara, she makes the decision to see [amazonify]0061825891[/amazonify]the fruits of her efforts at home, rather than with strangers at the Anglican World Relief Fund that she donates her money to on a regular basis.

Good To a Fault explores the idea of taking that next step to help someone in desperate need. It may be written for someone like me who wonders what else I could have done after giving a five dollar bill to someone holding a sign requesting money. Would I take this person in? Should I even consider it? There are limits and everyone knows them. Clara offers us all a look into what would happen if we ignored these limits and went to the extreme to help others in need.

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Harper. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.