May 29, 11
Read from May 27 to 28, 2011
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Tate & Libby were likable characters. The story line was interesting with lots of depth. Because this is a 3-book series surrounding these 2 families, the complexity of the family dynamics is really well thought out and thorough which made for great story development. There were a few times that the dialogue or thought processes seemed over-the-top and cheesy, but overall, I could ignore those moments and continue to enjoy the story.
Molly & Tate were high school sweethearts. She always assumed that they would get married, until Tate came home from law school with the devastating news that he'd gotten a girl pregnant and that they were getting married. Now Tate is a divorced father of 6 year old twins Ava & Audrey. He and Molly have managed to avoid each other for the 5 years since his divorce, but Tate is no longer willing to accept that as the status quo.
Molly's character and issues were a little bit harder to nail down. As a female, she's a bit confused and conflicted. She's indisputably drawn to Tate, but feels that she should be smarter than to trust that. She has given up a lot of her own dreams to take care of her sisters and father...and now her mother, and now feels conflicted about exactly where she belongs in this world. She's having her own midlife-style-crisis without the complications that Tate brings into the situation.
There were lots of details about this story that I really like:
* Tate's relationship with his brothers (which bodes well for the whole series since the next 2 books features them.)
*the book is set in a small Texas town
*Molly owns a coffee shop- one of my other passions
*the McKettricks own a large sprawling ranch- great country ambience
*the tension between Molly & Tate is really well-written
It should be fun to see where the story goes from here with all the siblings...