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Did you find yourself leaning toward the pleas or the argument of one sibling in particular, and if so, who, and why?

Created: 03/26/17

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davinamw

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Did you find yourself leaning toward the pleas or the argument of one sibling in particular, and if so, who, and why?

Each sibling seems to feel that they are the ones who need the money from the Nest the most. Did you find yourself leaning toward the pleas or the argument of one sibling in particular, and if so, who, and why?


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Navy Mom

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RE: Did you find yourself leaning toward the pleas or the argument of one sibling in particular, and if so, who, and why?

I liked Melody the best. She seemed to have the most believable life. She chose a good husband and she cared about her daughters. In the end, she was the one that adapted the best. I also like Stephanie (even though she wasn't a sibling), I thought she was well adjusted and that she joined in with the family for the sake of her child was nobel. Leo was a total jerk.


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vivianh

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RE: Did you find yourself leaning toward the pleas or the argument of one sibling in particular, and if so, who, and why?

I didn't feel affinity for or even like any of the siblings. They all relied on the 'promis' of theNest and failed to make smart choices. They never considered some event could extinguish their expectations.


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susiej

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RE: Did you find yourself leaning toward the pleas or the argument of one sibling in particular, and if so, who, and why?

I liked all of these characters - or maybe I should say who these characters grew to become - with the exception of Leo. And with regard to him - I thought it best that he just not be a part of the family any longer (if he ever was). I liked watching each of the other siblings grow and recognize what they valued and what their peace of mind was worth. And I liked that Stephanie came to replace Leo in the family. Francie and Leo were not needed to make any of the others happy in the end. The author did a fine job with character development here, and she didn't make it all "happy ever after" in a neat, tidy bundle - but in a realistic sort of way.


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susiej

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RE: Did you find yourself leaning toward the pleas or the argument of one sibling in particular, and if so, who, and why?

No, I did not favor one sibling over the other. In truth, I felt all were simply silly to be depending so heavily on the nest to achieve their dreams, and for the most part, Leo seemed simply silly! Perhaps, in retrospect, this is a reason for arguing that this book may be for younger people - those in early family life or beginning a young business. Those of us who have lived longer realize that we must be the makers of our own destiny and not wait for or depend upon what may be gifted us. I liked all these people; they seemed typical in their lifestyles - even Leo - up to a certain point. Then they either grew or did not and without the money to help them seemed to make for deeper character in three of them.


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aleksandrae

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RE: Did you find yourself leaning toward the pleas or the argument of one sibling in particular, and if so, who, and why?

I did not lean towards any of the siblings pleas in regards to the Nest. This could stem from the hard fact that I have the exactly same thoughts on winning the lottery as I do on inheritance. If it happens to you, then great, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it. If they had all operated on this premise, a lot of heartache could have been avoided.


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patriciag

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I think I most identified with Melody as mom. She seemed to have the least self-involved concern about the nest. She was all about the girls' college education--something every parent must plan/dream for. She also seemed to me to make the best transition at the end--to let go and move on. Settling for "not perfect but acceptable" is okay in life, and sometimes the "not perfect" is actually a better choice.


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cm28015

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RE: Did you find yourself leaning toward the pleas or the argument of one sibling in particular, and if so, who, and why?

I liked all the characters at the end. Hard to say I favored one over the other throughout the book. When they didn't have "The Nest" to rely on, they became quite likeable. Interesting watching the trials and tribulations of a family. Very much like families in real life. There was good character development. I agree with statements that Leo and Mom weren't needed for the family to grow.


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taking.mytime

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RE: Did you find yourself leaning toward the pleas or the argument of one sibling in particular, and if so, who, and why?

I did not like any of the characters in this book. I felt they were all naive, immature and selfish. They all needed to grow up and face reality. Life is not a hand out. Work for what you want, do not expect it to just land in your lap. How do they think their father accumulated that wealth? By making unwise choices and sitting on his butt - as they did? None of them were deserving of that money.


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scottishrose

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RE: Did you find yourself leaning toward the pleas or the argument of one sibling in particular, and if so, who, and why?

I found the characters interesting but can't say I liked one over the others. But if I had to choose, I would say Bea. She was the one willing to give up her share to help out her brother and sister who took actions based on their belief they would inherit a large sum of money to solve their problem. The other three siblings also lied to their spouses, while it seems that Bea never did.


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