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Good idea, shame it fizzled out
on 15 December 2006
I'd kept looking at this book as it was talked about so much and when a friend recommended it I finally acquired it. I was a little hesitant at reading it as the back cover suggested soppy nonsense and it didn't really appeal. The opening chapter starts the book off really well and right up until Kamryn removes Tegan from her abusive Grandparents after Adele's death, I was surprised at how interested I was at the story. However my enthusiasm soon became dampened as the story progresses.
I think the over use of adjectives to describe this angelic child's eyes amongst many others began to grate on me. Aspects of this book simply didn't ring true....the acceptance of this volitile woman to take on a friend's daughter without 'ever getting cross' is just a complete nonsense. The relationships with the two men in Ryn and Tegan's lives didn't really ring true apart from the fact that Luke loathed Nate...the only 'real' option in this scenario I feel.
In summary, a rather contrived piece of work that had chasms of inconsistencies along with an ending that you knew was going to happen. The only reason I gave it 3 stars is because the plot was good, pieces of it were funny and sad but it could have been at least 100 pages shorter and perhaps less overdone on the repetitive gushing of how much this child was loved!