This was a rather interesting read for me. First off, it's a "secret baby" book. As a man and a father, I abhor that concept. Unless daddy is a serial killer, abuser or rapist, there is no excuse to hide the child from its father. Even if daddy cheated on mommy. Punish daddy by breaking up with him. But don't steal his child. Or deny your kid a father. So for most of this book, I really, REALLY detested Grace. I mean, I hated her. And Jamie didn't even cheat on her! He broke up with her. And it wasn't even a full break-up - she just totally lost it and kind of screwed herself over. Then she finds out she's pregnant and makes herself disappear from the face of the earth, forbidding anyone from telling Jamie her whereabouts - or about Jake his son. And then she spends almost the entire book rationalizing why she shouldn't tell Jamie the truth. And she runs. Multiple times. I spoil nothing - you can get this from the blurb and in the first 20 pages of the book. So, because she feels hurt, not only does she steal her ex's son from him, she denies her child a father. And that is my idea of a bad mother.
Of course if you've read a "secret baby" book before, you know exactly how it will turn out - you'd have to summer on Mars and winter on Venus not to know. If I ever come across a secret baby book that end differently I'll eat my Kindle.
So I hated Grace, and I then proceeded to inhale this book like it was coke. Just because you hate an MC doesn't mean the book isn't awesome and you must devour it, forsaking all other duties in life, like eating and sleeping. I think it took me 4 hours. And now I want more. So the lesson of the day is: the MC can be a total idiot and you can still love the book I'll bet it was planned that way. And in the end, Grace kind of sort of redeems herself (because she realizes what a total jerk she's been), and I only mildly despise her. Jamie is really cool, Jake is awesome, Caroline was...you'll see, and I even liked Charlie, though I do have a feeling I wasn't supposed to. But this author has me hooked. Nice impressive debut. Good job.
I also totally support Ms. White because she has the same name as my wife (before she married me, that is).:)