Summary- Joy and Michael intervene when their daughter Rachael has difficulties caring for her child Kelly. Rachael. Joy and Michael consider fighting for custody even as Rachael attempts to put her life back together so she can become the mom she wants to be.
My rating- B
The story told in this book was really great. I totally got into the characters and I kept turning the page to find out what would become of Kelly. It was interesting to see Rachael’s perspective on the situation as well as Joy’s and how different the two are. Joy is concerned about the care of her granddaughter and is perhaps a little overprotective. Rachael is battling an alcohol addiction and trying to figure out what she is going to do with her life. Rachael has made many mistakes and she is trying desperately to untangle herself from her past.
I think being a mom really made this read hit home to me. I am a working mom with a degree who is making just above minimum wage. I really understood Rachael’s struggle to provide for her daughter and her desire for a break from the stress of it all. Unfortunately, Rachael takes her breaks too far and often fails to pick up her daughter when she says she will which is unfair to Joy.
The main thing I didn’t love about this book was all the time jumping. The book is told mostly in flashbacks and it can get a bit confusing. I found it hard to figure out where the present was. Also, I thought Micheal’s perspective was a bit much. The book could have been told just from Joy and Rachael’s point of view and been fine. Three people telling their stories in flashbacks was just a bit much.
Overall, I recommend this book.