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Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2019
Main character Mia was portrayed as some kind of super wise sage and free spirited, creative artist, but she seemed pretty messed up to me--selfish, sneaky, panicky, confused and self-righteous. Her actions with her daughter, betrayal of Pearl's biological father and her relationship with her parents did not make me like her or identify with her at all. The wealthy Richardson family was given short shrift (because they were white and wealthy?)---they seemed complicated and conflicted with many potential nuances--but the author instead made them seem shallow and entitled (very simplistic, stereotyped). To me, they seemed to have good hearts overall. The youngest daughter's mental health issues were portrayed as heroic/understandable (?) instead of criminal, sad and needing help. The author refers throughout the book to "Mia", but "Elena" is almost always referred to as"Mrs. Richardson"---a subtle reverse discrimination. The custody battle seemed contrived, and while this is an issue with a lot of gray areas, the situation set up by the author did not make me feel at all sympathetic toward the cultural considerations or the bio mother who 100% consistently put her own needs above those of her infant daughter---both when she first abandoned the baby and also when she tried to "steal" her back. My heart hurt for that poor baby. Ugh, hated that whole plot line. Basically, got interested in the characters, but ended up sadly disappointed in their development and portrayal. Book had potential, but author's agenda is obvious.
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