Kristin Hannah has a way of letting you really become involved with the characters in her book. They just come to life for you and she shows so much emotion. This book is a really good story and holds your interest from beginning to end. I think this is one you wouldn't want to miss if you're a Kristin Hannah fan.
Do not read unless you have two full boxes of tissues. A thoroughly enjoyable tear-jerker of a read.
This is one of the best Kristin Hannah books I have read. The story showed very strong emotions, very realistic situations, and highly believable characters. This book looks some things straight in the eye, like poverty and teenage pregnancy, making the reader want to help those that are suffering from either. The story will make you believe in the power of family and the power of love, and it will more than likely make you shed a few tears. Not really a light read, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Emotional and poignant. A lovely story!
This is an excellent story with a few good surprises just when you think you have
it all figured out.
Unfortunately, I think that Kristin Hannah was "off her game" and ended up cranking
out the number of needed pages to get the book to the publisher on time. It seems
she fell into the trap of the serial author and started padding her work with too many
repetitive phrases. We know it is rainy and misty in the Seattle/Portland area -- a lot.
I found it sad that the author had to refer to the weather every time a character
stepped outside or looked out a window. There is a weather report on every other page.
Enough is enough!
She also got hung up on the characters' eye color. The first time we meet them we
find Lauren has sad brown eyes, David had clear blue eyes, Conlon has the most clear
blue eyes, Lauren's mom has green eyes, and Angie's eyes are dark and shining with tears.
This description isn't needed in every chapter throughout the book.
All-in-all a good storyline but Ms. Hannah can do much better.