- File Size: 479 KB
- Print Length: 261 pages
- Publication Date: June 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008DYPEFQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Following the family of Sophie Ellison this book is a nice look at a "normal" family. It follows Sophie, her sister Emma, and her sister in law Bridget. Sophie is a former lawyer now stay at home mom with two little rambunctious children Owen 7 and Molly 5. Molly is just starting out school and getting her 5th birthday out of the way. Sophie is trying to get her household to run smoothly but finds it quite difficult with a 5 year old hanging from your leg and a mother in law who is anything but supportive.
Emma is a 40 year old single mom just trying to raise her soon to be teenage son. It stays pretty busy being a school teacher, mom, trying to keep her younger sister out of trouble and away from their rather gruff and grumpy father who also lives with her. Dating is almost always a disaster and she couldn't remember the last time anyone was even remotely interested. She compensates by spending most of her free time with her sister and her family, while her sister tries desperately to help her get her love life back on track.
Bridget is a pediatrician who is recently married and trying very hard to cut back her hours so she can start her own family. She and her husband have had quite a bit of trouble conceiving, so they start fertility treatments. Treatments and crazy work schedule just seem to be adding more stress to the situation instead of the other way around.
I really enjoy these types of books with just a light look about how a family runs. It's a nice change of pace from a lot of more serious stuff that I read, so I like to throw these in sometimes just to mix things up. This one was really good and I liked it for the most part except for a couple of minor details when the book was a little crude for my taste and didn't really keep up with the rest of the dialog. I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars and would recommend to most anyone looking for something a bit more relaxed to read.
I am only giving it 3 stars because of a couple of major errors in it by the author. In chapter 17,Bridget finds out that her sister-in-law, Pamela, is pregnant. Pamela has 3 girls, and Bridget wonders if she wants a boy to have an heir. In chapter 39, Pamela has a girl, and Bridget and her husband has to keep Pamelas three boys. Seriously? Pamela had 3 girls in chapter 17, but in chapter 39, she had 3 boys. Nobody caught this error?? Also, in chapter 21, Mrs. De Lessep referred to Bridget as Dr. Reilly, and when I turned the page (or rather swiped it because I was on my Kindle), Mrs.De lessep referred to Bridget as Dr. Harmon, which was her name.
Other than that, I enjoyed this book. I just hate when simple mistakes are made because no one bothered to proofread.
I'm a tough audience for humor. My husband writes a humor column and struggles to find lines that will cause me to do more than smile. I smiled occasionally as I read this book, but didn't find it laugh-aloud funny. I was also troubled by some problems that seemed new-author amateurish. One non-spoiler example: Part-way into the story, there is a segment a couple of pages long about one major character looking through Internet ads for large homes, what her husband calls her "house porn." The description is interesting and lengthy, but never referred to again. It doesn't seem to have purpose. Other shorter tangents seemed irrelevant or not worth the time and space they required.
The book also contains some rare valuable insights. One example: A woman with a difficult mother-in-law has a moment when she identifies woman-to-woman and comes to understand the source of the older woman's attitude, increasing her own patience.
Overall I call this a diverting, 3-star "okay" book. A careful edit (and reducing it by 10-15%?) would likely make it stronger.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some funny moments. Nothing special. If u r a mom u can relate.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was okay but not great. It was difficult to keep up with all the different characters. The storyline wasn't very interesting and the ending was somewhat abrupt.Published 6 months ago by Velby
I don't know if the entire book didn't load but it just ended abruptly. There was no closure. It was just odd.Published 8 months ago by Shoemaniac
This book reminds you of the challenges balancing motherhood, marriage and family without losing your own identity. Good read, could not put it down.Published 11 months ago by Melissa Studeny
This is a great book for any mom at any stage. It is fun and a little sad. It just shows no matter what we are all the same.Published 14 months ago by cathy
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