This book was truly emotionally engaging. I connected immediately to the characters and was so absorbed by the story, I literally could not put it down and ended up listening to the whole thing today. This is only the second book I've read by this author but know I'll be on a quest now for more. Fantastic story of family, love, kindness and finding your way back I'll be thinking about this book for a long time.
The basic plot was of interest --- a foster child finally achieves her heart's desire by acquiring a loving older relative and a set of contemporary friends. However, the characters became cliches very quickly -- the annoying helicopter mother Jude, the passive husband, and the spoiled rich twins. It is very hard to believe that the male twin, Zack, is the most popular boy in high school, and there is not much motivation for him to want to give up an education at a major university for city college and an insecure girl friend.
It was fairly predictable..
Yes, with reservations. Ms McInerney did a very credible job with the adults, was okay as Zack and Lexie, but terrible with the character of Mia. Mia sounded as though she were about 5 years old throughout the entire narration...it was so annoying to hear her high-pitched whine...
Probably. Would not be waiting with bated breath, however...
I normally enjoy books by this author, but I felt this was below her usual standard.
There was far too much time spent on teenage characters who did not seem that real, but the alternative was an obsessed helicopter mom..so take your choice..
The whole book was great but I could barely get through the middle. It brought out such strong emotions that I wasn't sure I could finish it. I'm so glad I did!
I have become a huge fan of Kristin Hannah but this book was a huge disappointment. It was tolerable but not nearly as good as others. The mother character is central to every part which is much of the problem. She is controlling and overbearing. The daughter is unbalanced as far as I'm concerned. The father is so uninvolved it's not funny. As the kids go through typical teenage trials, the consequences are typical and almost boring. The second half is drawn out in continuing predictability until BOOM! everything gets better. Like, really? Everyone was so dysfunctional but instantaneously no problems anymore. The narration is typically over dramatized and awful. Truly, read Firefly Lane or Winter Garden before this book.
that all I list to is audio don't have time for print.
good question I have to get back to you on that.
not at this time.
I don't know if it was the narrater or the content of this book, but i cryed several times while listening to it. i hope to get some more books by this author
the compasion in her vioce was really intense and i loved it
the birth of her baby
The friendship between Lexi and Mia. Unfortunately it came to a end and Lexi never gave up proving her loyalty to Mia and Zach and the love she had for her child.
Good ending.they live happily ever after.
Most memorable was when Lexi was giving birth. It was so sad
This book made me so sad! Death, incarceration, loss, anger...whew I need to listen to a happy book next!