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Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2020
I was so hopeful with this book and I tried to like it, but... The more I learned about Becky Linden, the less I liked her. Instead of feeling sympathetic toward her, I found myself increasingly irritated with her. She was raised in a small town by her beloved grandparents who did all that they could for her. Her mother also lived on the family farm but was constantly working and didn't seem to have much interest in her life. Her high school romance with Zack Durbin, a lawyer's son, had her dreaming of happily-ever-after. After high school, they attended different colleges and within six months Becky was pregnant and married. Okay, I was interested in all that until I learned that Becky never once in EIGHTEEN YEARS went back to see the grandparents who raised her. Her son met them briefly ONE time in Chicago, but Becky did not go with him!! My heart just ached for the grandparents when I read this. I disliked her whining about her mother not moving to Arizona to help her with her son when he was born. It seemed that she blamed everyone for her mistakes and lack of education...her mother, her ex-husband, everyone but herself. Then, of course, she finally returns home to her small town and finds that her high school love (who is now in his 40s, handsome and wealthy) has never married because he couldn't get over her. Oh, please!!! I continued to read until 52% and then just couldn't take any more. Unlike the rest of the reviewers on this page who loved this book, I found it ridiculous and unbelievable and don't care to read any more of this author's work at the present time.