Thursday, August 30, 2012
Nothing to complain about here! As a debut novel, I think the author did a great job. Pacing is good, characters are good, grammar is great, plot moves along well with no major holes. Nicely done.
Loved it! I will admit that I went into this feeling a bit skeptical based on another review I read, but I was actually wonderfully surprised with how quickly I was into the story. I cared about the characters, even the ones who were less likable. Honestly, that makes a book better for me - I can believe the characters if they have flaws. I feel like I can identify more with a character's flaws many times than I can with their successes.
I loved the California setting, which was also a success on the part of the author. Is it weird that there are parts of the country I'm less interested in reading about? Because I just tend to really not have a huge interest in books set on the West Coast. I'm sure it's a lovely place, but I don't like them as much. Maybe I haven't ever been there and I can't really see it in my mind? Anyway, the author did an excellent job of overcoming my bias against West Coast fiction - I really fell in love with the family's home as much as the family.
I recommend it to fans of women's literature. If you like books that deal with family dynamics, this is one you'll enjoy.
Thank you to TLC for an opportunity to review this one. You can see the full schedule of reviews by clicking here.
Posted by Julie G at 7:58 PM