“Dear Edward” book review

January 2020 Book-of-the-Month pick

The story of a plane crash in which every single person dies except one child is completely out of my comfort zone.

But then I picked up the book on my recent trip to Buxton Books and read J. Courtney Sullivan’s blurb on the cover.

“This dazzling novel will break your heart and put it back together again. Napolitano weaves a story that brims of humanity – with joy and sorrow, love and friendship, survival and triumph, and a cast of unforgettable characters. Dear Edward is a masterpiece that should be at the top of everyone’s reading list.”

-J. Courtney Sullivan, bestselling author of Saints for All Occasions

The “Read with Jenna” seal of approval on the cover didn’t hurt either – I’ve enjoyed several of her recommendations, so I cheerfully forked over $27 to see for myself.

I’m happy to report that despite the horrific plane crash theme, the story is inspiring and hopeful in a way I didn’t think was possible.

Hard to believe – I know.

Twelve-year-old Edward’s struggle to find a new version of normal after moving in with John and Lacey, his aunt and uncle who have been unable to have children of their own, will capture your heart. Napolitano does a fabulous job of creating wonderful-but-flawed characters in Edward’s life, who come alongside and do their part to help by just being there, day after day, year after year.

I highly recommend this book.

Buxton Books, 160 King Street, Charleston SC 29401

Happy reading!


  1. Have spent most of my time in recent years studying because I teach/speak so much. Happy to say I have started back reading for my own enjoyment. You have made that so much easier with your reviews. I’ve enjoyed several good books recently based on your recommendations. Thanks Betsy!


  2. I have this in my stack based on the good reviews it received from her readers. I’m glad to know that you enjoyed it. I’m currently reading her February pick and cannot put it down!!!!!!!


  3. Thanks for the link to the article about the Petersfield Bookshop.
    “You won’t even notice to start with, “ he said, “and then you will. And it will be too late.”-Robert Sansom, Petersfield Bookshop employee
    Powerful words, and a powerful message about kindness.


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