Barbara C. (Riverside, CA)
Characters Not Like Anyone I run With
I am too pedestrian, but most of the people I know don't behave like these characters. They are pretty much over the top, but the book was a one day read. I did agree with Ilse on her comment, "Here's the thing about love.It can last, but you have to be careful with it." As a family of women they had trouble with that. They were often either promiscuous or unforgiving.
Bonnie B. (Port St. Lucie, FL)
Helen and Her Daughters
This is a novel told from alternating perspectives, primarily those of Helen and her three daughters. Helen was a well-known folk singer in the 1970's who became famous as a feminist who believed that women did not need men. She had three daughters, all from different men, and raised them on her own. Fiona, the oldest, tries to have a perfect life but realizes this is not possible and her marriage is in jeopardy. Ilsa, the middle daughter, is a blocked artist in a marriage that is stifling her. Lianne, a college professor, has finally found the love of her life but is having trouble navigating the art of step-parenting.
I found the book to be somewhat interesting but not well-written. The character development is poor and the reader is told everything rather than seeing it unfold organically. I did not empathize with any of the characters because they did not seem real to me.
Lori E. (Wayland, MA)
Mating for Life
I thought this was a lovely book with interesting and believable characters. Each chapter focused on one person, surprisingly, sometimes even very minor ones. There were a lot of thought-provoking issues about family and romantic relationships. Sometimes because the focus changed to another character, the reader is left to fill in the gaps of what happened to the previous character. I was occasionally left wanting more details about the main characters and could have done without some of the minor ones. Overall, the book kept my interest and could lead to a good book discussion.
Elizabeth L. (Beavercreek, OH)
A Joy to Read
Okay, I admit. I was skeptical. Aging hippie and her daughters? It didn't sound like my usual cup of tea but I was wrong. This was a lovely book. The characters were engaging and finely drawn. They seemed like real people, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. I genuinely cared what happened to Helen, Fiona, Lianne and Ilsa and the secondary characters like Myra and Johnny. This would be an excellent book club novel with much to discuss about how the various women handled their personal relationships. Highly recommend.