Tom, Henry, and Rose star in this story of learning to love. Each one has been moving through life adrift and just waiting for belonging. Tom, a college professor, finds his world upside down with the loss of his wife and the sudden appearance of Henry. Rose has bounced from job to job, seemingly content to be unfettered. Henry, at just 6 years old, needs stability. There are secondary characters like Iris, Russell (I love how his same makes him sound buttoned-up!), mother-in-law Agnes, and some other players in the story. I think Woodroof did a great job of character development. To me, Tom, Rose and Agnes were well-developed persons. The story is a study also on the microcosm of a college community. It was an engaging read. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy for a review in my own words.