It has been a year and a half since Jane's last book and I was really looking forward to this one. As soon as I received it I got stuck in and it took me less that a few pages to be completely absorbed in the lives of the characters. Andi and Ethan are married and Ethan's two children Emily and Sophia live with them. Her whole life Andi has waited to fall in love with a man like Ethan and to receive a ready made family is the icing on the cake. What she didn't prepare herself for was the difficulty in becoming a stepmother to these two children.
The main focus of the story is Emily, Ethan's eldest child who is nothing short of difficult. She is making life for Ethan and Andi very difficult and straight away I did not like this spoilt child. I was hoping that underneath it all was a likeable but troubled young girl! Like her last book, this one features the realities of life and stepchildren is a commonplace issue now for many people (myself included). It was refreshing to read about the not so nice side of this story and how trying to do the right thing by Stepchildren is not as easy as it sounds.
After years of trying to resolve the situation Andi finally gets to breaking point and decides she has no other option than to leave. That is before Emily turns up with a major bombshell that changes everything. It is difficult to discuss major points of the story without spoiling it, but all I will say is that life is made even more complicated for all of those concerned.
The story is not the flowers and roses kind of fairytale but one that shows how real life can be and the curveballs you can be thrown. I thought that this book and especially the way it was written was great and made for a compelling read. It kept my interest especially as the story is set over a few years. Jane Green's books have a very different feel to them in comparison to her earlier books such as Babyville but they are still great books to read.
Although I am limited in what I can say for fear of spoilers, I will tell you that this book was certainly a great read and one that I would recommend.