A wry, tender novel about an ordinary family facing extraordinary choices.
Julia Alden has fallen deeply, unexpectedly in love. American obstetrician James is everything she didn't know she wanted - if only her teenage daughter, Gwen, didn't hate him so much. Uniting two households is never easy, but when Gwen turns for comfort to James's 17-year-old son, Nathan, the consequences will test her mother's loyalty and threaten all their fragile new happiness.
This is a moving and powerful novel about the modern family: about starting over; about love, guilt, and generosity; about building something beautiful amid the mess and complexity of what came before. It is a story about standing by the ones we love, even while they make mistakes. We would give anything to make our children happy. But how much should they ask?
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I selected this book after seeing the title on a summer reading list. You know, a list of books that are light and fun and easy to slide into and escape. This was my first audio book download, it was on a summer reads list and I thought, "This is going to be fun. Even if it's fluffy, it'll be fun." Boy, was I wrong. The story began promisingly enough, but it wasn't long until it was upsetting me (and I'm not fragile). Without giving away the plot, there was a serious lack of parenting happening. Lack of conversation, lack of thinking, lack of reality checking... it just became stupid. And annoying. Top this with a narrator who was trying to give each character a distinct voice - but did so in a way that didn't suit them. Too young, too old, too gruff, too whiny, too.... they were all too something. I can't believe that I still listened to the whole thing. Wish I'd turned it off, deleted and found something new.
I may listen to a biography or something totally different in terms of genre.
The daughter. Not sure that would be enough, though.
Could not empathize with any of the characters...