The book is about Chrissie and how she has to get to terms with her father, the man she hero-worshipped, not only being dead but also having a second family, who were the main reason why he was away for a few days once a month.
The plot itself was fine, the plot worked, however there were things that were lacking:
Likeable characters, a defined romantic interest and a time flow.
The character’s weren’t bad, however our main character; Chrissie isn’t likeable at all, although you can understand where she is coming from, given that her father not only died but also had a second family, that was all you could feel from her. The romance interest just happened too suddenly and no one can really relate to her being married to someone that she doesn’t actually care for, or as she put it ‘business partners’. She’s from a rich, wealthy family and you can tell that she does, which doesn’t mean that she can’t be likeable it just comes across that she looks down on those her father got interested in – chances are high she had no real clue about her parents marriage and that she is rather naive as well.
Nate comes across as rather cold and rude, which is also understandable as he never liked Charlie, Chrissie’s father, for coming into his families life, even if he did make his mother happy. But then he suddenly became rather decent and nice to Chrissie which was a bit dramatic a change to be honest, even though it was more due to her being in a crash it seemed a bit off in general.
Gloria is Chrissie’s mother and she was just seen as a money grabbing woman. That was it for her character, she’d use guilt to make her daughter stay with her or come round for a monthly dinner with the family. . That is all there is to her character.
Uncle Harry is probably the more interesting character in the book, although he isn’t exactly a nice guy in any means, he has his vices, drink and women, but he overcomes them in the process of the book and helps Chrissie out through it all, he is also the one who deals with Gloria and her guilt trips against Chrissie a few times during the book as well.
The novel doesn’t work out to well in regards of point of views, I was in Chrissie’s point of view for most of the first chapter before it suddenly changed to Uncle Harry’s point of view. I normally prefer author’s who change the points in the chapters instead of in the middle of a chapter if they need to do it at all.
The romance that came into the book was rather odd as well, considering that Nate didn’t like Chrissie due to what she represents to him, during the course of the book there was no inkling’s that any romantic feelings was coming out with either of them. Only that Chrissie was thinking more about her half-sister Lily more and couldn’t wait to see her each month. So the romance side of this book just didn’t go down very well with me since it just came around far too suddenly. Which brings me on to another thing, the time frame, the author never mentions a time frame and it is only later implied that Chrissie is going to the cabin every month. The reader had no way of knowing that in general because it was never stated at any other point during the book.
The book is an all right book, but it’s not one that I would read again, the character’s were bland, the romance was just silly and there was no real life in this book at all. It just seemed so dull over all, like the author didn’t put enough thought into it all and where her character’s would become more rounded and the romance would just fit in there rather than be slammed into the book because it clearly needed it.