I grew very fond of these three characters. I will admit that concerns about Jake often overshadowed my concern for the other characters. Iwas heartbroken when he returned home and his dog was gone. There was no way he could have sustained himself in his home. Each time Alice thought about the fact that he couldn’t do the work she needed help with, I became very anxious. I was so afraid that the dying of the beehive might foreshadow Jake’s demise.

    I enjoyed seeing Alice stop being a doormat, take back her power and gain confidence. She is the model of a compassionate friend, neighborhood and community leader.