Barbara Rhine
Barbara Rhine asked:

Did anyone else find this book a bit too soap-opera-ish in its predictability by the end?

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Jen Oh yes! This was a lengthy harlequin romance written by someone who knows about names of flowers, how to use a Peterson Guide to plants, how to identify the readiness of grapes and struggles for first-time mothers. A lot of readers think it had to do with forgiveness (not very believable in this story) and information about foster care in the US (hundreds of other authors have shared similar situational stories, so no new information here).
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The Bookish Gardener I didn't find this soap opera-ish. I found it sad and a believable for a child who grew up in foster homes and struggled to know how properly to care and love and how to even recognise those feelings in herself.
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