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What is Mel willingly and foolishly walking into?
on August 3, 2014
Easy going banter from the beginning quickly introduces us to the three main characters: Scott, Mel and Corky.
Scott, a musician, composer and snorkeler, at 25 is also a financial adviser/ investment counselor. Mel, 18, is a painter and has been employed to paint the plants for Corky's book. Corky AKA Walking Woman, is a writer who is also training to be a ethnobotanist.
Scott and Mel have not seen each other for many years since kids so have to get used to the idea of seeing each other as adults. Scott was asked by Mel's mother to keep an eye on her as Richard, her biological father who they thought was dead, is nearby. Scott is the one who gets to break this news to Mel and is surprised when Mel remembers nothing of her past. Mel has always thought of Nick as her father and I love the way Jean tells her that Nick is her real father and Richard, her biological father. There is a difference!
There are letters and emails going back and forth throughout the book and we even get a glimpse into Scott's private journal admitting his feelings for Mel. Mel is also intensely jealous when Corky gives Scott a lot of attention. Although warned to stay away from Richard, in typical teenage fashion she does the exact opposite and ends up spending way more time with Richard than is wise.
This novel does have Christian undertones and Scott's relationship is totally believable in that he is the stable one of the trio. He talks about his earthly father and heavenly father being wily guys. Mel's actions are a little unbelievable. Yes, teenagers can be rebellious and stupid sometimes but she actually puts her life in danger and knows it thinking she can change her biological father and then goes to sleep for the night when things are heating up! When the sheriff gets involved his speech and actions are extremely immature. Quite a fuss made about the 7 year age difference between Scott and Mel. 7 years is not that big of a deal when you get older.
So although this book was an easy read, it was not that believable and not one I would read again or recommend to friends. Not bad, not good, just OK.