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Very easy to read although a bit predicable- i'm not sure if I would read others in the series if I had to buy them.
It was a good length for a beach book- it didn't drag on/ get into to much irrelevant detail.
Not a bad book - just not the best.
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I liked that more is revealed about each character as the book progressed, and appreciated the short coda at the end in which everyone is spared. Carlton's dialogue is well written and her plot moves along nicely, while still allowing for descriptive character development. Having lost a parent as a young girl, I was concerned this would be an emotionally difficult book to read. My trepidation was unwarranted -- the characters' grief felt utterly genuine but not overdone. Indeed, overall it was an uplifting book and a paean to the strength of love and friendship.
In Book One, Bonnie dies and her husband and son have to carry on without her. To me, this was the most believable of the stories. Tom has always been a macho grown up kid and he evolves into a caring and understanding dad and man. He seems in a rush to get married and goes for the neighbor, Elaine, who was his wife's best friend and who also has a son Josh's age. It doesn't work out at first but with the encouragement of the two boys and some help from an unexpected source, Tom begins his transformation. He is awkward and has many missteps but really does change.
I enjoyed book one the most of the stories although it felt rushed at the end and I thought Josh seemed rather formal for a boy of fourteen. The characters were well developed and believable.
In book two, Tom dies and Bonnie and Josh carry on. They have a real struggle with her family who are a bunch of low lifes and leeches and Bonnie can't handle them. Josh gets the notion from his uncle Mitch that he is the man of the family and needs to handle things for his mom. This leads to Josh making many bad decisions while Bonnie stands by and wrings her hands. Luckily she has a good friend in a new character, Indra who gives her some back bone. Although they save Josh from the worst, his attitude has been permanently altered by his uncle and so there is no happily ever after.
In book three, Josh dies and Tom and Bonnie struggle to deal with his death and keep their marriage alive. This was the story I found least believable. Macho Tom gets all philosophical and mystical while poor Bonnie struggles on basically alone.
Book four was a complete change. No one was killed and Josh saves Mitch from the flying rock.
I really wanted to like this book as I thought it was an interesting approach but I found that I only enjoyed book one and if the author had expanded that and made that her only novel, I would have given it five stars.
In book two, I didn't like the attitude toward women as weak and unable to cope. I particularly didn't like when a woman's breasts were referred to as udders and bazooms.
Book three also could have stood alone and been a good story as Tom and Bonnie were just supporting characters and the story was mostly about Elaine and her son, Max. It would have made a very good sequel to book one.
Having said those things, I enjoyed reading this book. It was thought provoking and had some interesting plot developments. The language was stilted at times, especially from the young boys and Indra but it didn't hinder the story line.
Note: A free review copy was provided by the author.
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