I have a really good book to share with you called What Remains written by Bart Baker.
When Conner Carter is banished from New York City for cheating on his socialite wife, he flies across country to Sonoma, California, to stay with his brother Cody and Cody’s ridiculously wealthy husband, Rhett, and their two adopted Cambodian children. Jealous since childhood of Cody's seemingly perfect life, Conner discovers that things that glitter often tarnish and shatter in shocking and dangerous ways.
Having always taken the easiest route through life, Conner, must step up for his brother when Rhett goes missing on a film shoot in Colombia, and for the woman Conner is falling in love with, Zinzi, the half-Black, half-Puerto Rican nanny whose own violent past has caught up with her. From the tattered and surprising pieces of their lives, these people with find the strength in WHAT REMAINS.
Again, I wasn't sure I would like this book when I first started reading it but the more I read, the more I got involved with the characters and wondered where this story was going.
It is told by each person's own side of the story, which means when something happens, you will read what each person thought of that particular situation and how it pertained to them.
I did like that the author let Connor grow up finally and that he saw that the way he treated people was not good and that he needed to change. Too bad it came to late for one of the characters. It would have been nice if Connor had made peace with Rhett, but live is like that sometimes.
But, he does come thru for his brother, Cody and for the new woman in his life, Zinzi, who really needs the most help of all of them. Yes, Cody and Rhett is a tragic story but it has an ending, where Zinzi is the one in constant danger if something isn't down about her brother.
And yes, I know all about brothers and sisters who absolutely can't stand each other. I have one myself and used to try my best to fix things, but it's to the point to where you can't make someone do anything and I am tired. So, he will have to be the one who makes the next move. I have made the last 10 or more.
This book will bring out the best and the worst in people, but at least in the book, things heal and it ends well, or at least it does for almost everyone.
About the Author:
With two feature films, eleven movies for television, four television series credits, as well as eight theatrical plays produced around the world, WHAT REMAINS is Bart’s second novel. Bart’s first novel, HONEYMOON WITH HARRY, was a critical and commercial success and the movie rights were bought by Warner Bros./New Line Cinema for a feature film. He’s recently sold a film project in conjunction with the hit song by Miranda Lambert, OVER YOU, to the Lifetime Network. Bart lives in Ellisville, Missouri with his family.