I chose to read this book despite reading several poor reviews, and ended up wishing I would have listed to the reviews. The idea behind the book was great, and at times it did have me pondering who I am and what makes me who I am. The ending was even pretty good, if a little predictable. However, I just couldn't like the characters. They didn't seem real and were not very believable. I kept finding myself asking "Who would really do that?"
This is a really good book - I enjoyed it and I lent it to my 80 year-old father-in-law, who also enjoyed it. Barbara Delinsky is always good - this one had a kind of unusual story line, which I found interesting. You really sat and wondered how you would feel if put in the situation the couple in the book found themselves in.
"Family Tree" was an amazingly easy to read book. The premise of this book was an interesting concept, a child with clearly African-American traits born to a white couple with no knowledge of African roots on either side. The mother's reaction seemed a little unrealistic. It was too accepting too quickly. True she did not know her background like the husband, but she did know what both of her parents and maternal grand parents looked like. I don't feel she should have been upset by her daughter's color, just that I think most people would really be surprised and very curious like the husband was. He may have gone too far with the issue of infidelity. However, it is probably realistic to have people gossiping and accusing given the circumstances.
The negatives were too many unnecessary story lines and not enough development of some of the characters... What did Dana's grandfather and the customer Corine add to the book?. It would have been nice to get a closer look at Eaton's father. And what decision did Eaton come to about revealing his true Family Tree? Too much left unfinished... That said, this book will keep you in suspense emotionally while questioning your morals and values and how you see yourself versus who you really are.
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE READ,STARTED IT ONE NIGHT AND FINISHED IT THE NEXT DAY.ABOUT A COUPLE WHO HAVE THEIR FIRST BABY,AND WHEN SHE'S BORN YOU CAN TELL RIGHT A WAY THERE'S A PROBLEM,SHE SHOWS TRAITS OF BEING AFRICAN-AMERICAN THEIR BOTH WHITE,THE HUSBAND THINKS ALL SORTS OF THINGS ONE BEING BROUGHT UP BY HIS PARENTS DID YOUR WIFE HAVE AN AFFAIR.YOU JUST HAVE TO READ IT!!!!!
This book is about racial equality, family history, practicing what you preach, etc. I didn't really like this book very much, mostly because the situations seemed just too contrived and everything that was occurring all in the same time frame made it really unbelievable. It was interesting to hear what the characters said about racial equality, and did give me something to think about.