This was a very quick read for me. I read it in two days - of course it helped that I was sick in bed. Let's see if I remember everyone:
I did like thiThis was a very quick read for me. I read it in two days - of course it helped that I was sick in bed. Let's see if I remember everyone:
I did like this book, I liked how the book took over the span of one day but kept bringing up past stories to keep the reader in the loop. But so much happened in the course of one day - car accident, road trip, argument, making-up, funeral, visiting their grand daughter, family dinner, another argument. I'm was exhausted just thinking about their day.
Maggie - Didn't like her at all. She had this way of convincing herself that she knew what was best. Everyone was wrong and she wasted so much time trying to convince them of this. I wanted to slap her and shake her into reality. I was exhausted just reading about her, imagine if I had to grow up with her. She actually bordered on cruel, in my opinion. She lied to manipulate people and then convince herself it was okay because it was for the best. Sometime you just need to step back and let nature take it's course. Instead she would look at the damage she did, shake her frizzy head and go on trying to change things to suit her. And she always jumped from one thing to another. When she got out of the car and walked back to the diner she had her new life already planned out and then dropped it as quickly as it came up. (as an afterthought, she reminded me of Lucy in I Love Lucy - always getting into one scheme or another. Only Maggie wasn't funny)
Ira - The perfect person for Maggie, he was use to being pushed around by his family and probably figured that it was normal to have someone other than him take charge. I also didn't like how he left Maggie there singing alone but when you are dealing with someone like Maggie, imagine how many things she would probably get him into if he bent over more. I don't think either one of them respected one another. Ira thought Maggie was too emotional (he actually was embarrassed when she started crying in the diner) and blind about the faults of their son. Maggie blamed him for splitting up the young couple and being too hard on their son. Were they still married because they loved one another or because that was what one did, stayed married until death?
Jesse - He was a loser plain and simple. Never even thought to visit his daughter, never thought to tell Fiona that he was sorry and that he loved her. The only time he did speak up was when he got angry. Never thought to make a better life for himself. He never took the time to know his daughter, buying her gifts that she wouldn't like and then blamed it on Fiona. Was he that way because of Maggie's constant interfering and Ira's lack of encouraging? And if so, do you still blame him for his faults?
Fiona - Her and LeRoy were the victims of this dysfunctional family. Used by Maggie to try and shape up Jesse. She was lied to by Maggie too many times for me to count. Jesse as well, he lied and cheated on her and constantly disappointed her. Maybe life wasn't much better for her at her mom's but at least there she had a fighting chance. The only problem I had, if she really loved Jesse, than she gave up too easily. She should have tried to get them out of that vortex of a house and on their own. Maybe if Jesse was forced to stand on his own two feet he would grow a back bone.
Serena - I have a cousin just like this person. Always on her own page, marches to the beat of a different drum. She always goes against the norm and persistent as anything. It's easier to shut up and do what she says because she will wear you down anyways.
You read about had three different stages of marriage, one ending (in death) one continuing on and one that didn't work. It gave an honest view of what relationships are. Everyone thinks that marriage is care bears and rainbows and if isn't they should walk away. Perhaps if the young couple grew up in different times they would still be together.
Actually I'm starting to like the Heather Wells series better than the last few Stephanie Plum books. Same concept, same formula just in a universityActually I'm starting to like the Heather Wells series better than the last few Stephanie Plum books. Same concept, same formula just in a university setting instead for a bail bond business setting....more