"What we realize—too little, too late—is that there is no substitute for events."

Afshin has recently arrived in Karachi from Kuwait. She is aghast over her mother’s deteriorating state. Her mother lives with her brother and sister-in-law and is seen as a nuisance and generally neglected. Afshin decides to act in order to make her mother’s golden years pleasant. Shehzad is a fellow senior citizen who is mistreated by his offspring and longs for a change. He is informed about The Amberwood Estates, a senior living facility that is noted for its excellent staff, care, and facilities. The facility has become the envy of investors who desire to know the company’s business model. The men and women who soon flock to the facility are able to shake off the gloom from their lives and enjoy the latter days of their lives.

The author aptly writes of the attitudes and behaviors exhibited towards the particular parents within the narrative and how the disrespect towards them is unwarranted. The emotional tone of the book revolves around treating mothers and fathers with respect, love, and dignity and how one daughter first decided to aid her own mother but then subsequently aided countless others. The author draws a sharp contrast between offspring. For example, Afshin illustrates her love and appreciation for her mother, whereas her brother falls far short. A poignant portion of the story describes the feelings of each individual parent and their frustration at their children’s behavior. Each person highlighted sees a brighter path and is resolute in finding it. The hope offered by a benevolent institution lifts the hearts of the residents as well as the reader. This is an excellent book that affirms faith in human kindness.

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