I liked this book well enough. It was an interesting read, but not necessarily something I would recommend to everyone. It depends on your reading taste, if you're interested in a family story that weaves back and forth between characters and gives you various perspectives, it's worth it. If you're more into a 1-sided story and prefer less flipping around, skip this one!
This book was a very insightful exploration of what happens when a young mom picks up and leaves her children "without a backward glance". It describes how it impacts their lives forever. Society is not shocked when men do this but it's not at all "acceptable" for mothers. As a mother, I cant imagine doing this to my children and so the book brought out emotions in me ranging from sad to anger and many in between.
This book was a very complicated story about family relationships. I found myself truly getting to know all the characters! She writes from the point of view of each one of them... I am a character oriented reader- not a plot oriented one, so I loved it. It is about love, hard choices, self-less-ness and being selfish too. I would call it a must read!
Wow! I must say this was a great book on a delicate subject matter. Regardless of how crazy you feel your :stay at home: housewife life may feel at some points and no matter what you feel you are missing out on, leaving just isn't an option. I don't feel men have the right to abandon their families either but a mother has more responsibility to her children. That said I think this was a very well written book. Especially for a first.
Well developed characters with chapters focusing on one member at a time and their current or past situation. A lot of storytelling from everyones point of view and some history that was just filler. You really get to know each character and their flaws and strengths.
The only thing I didn't realize about this book was that it took place in Australia and England so there is a lot of cultural reference some of which is hard to get used to. (this was my first "Australian book") She includes a glossary in the back for some of the slang terms.
Overall I really liked the book and look forward to reading her next one.
I really enjoyed this story about complicated relationships. It had a very humanness to it.