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Posted January 19, 2013
A Kennedy Loyalist
This was the first Douglas Kennedy book I read and it was captivating and entertaining to say the least. Now I am hooked on Kennedy's books as his characters are easy to identify with and embrace. You learn about people and, in the process, about yourself. All of his books are wonderful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2012
Loved the book from the minute I started. The author has a grea
Loved the book from the minute I started. The author has a great way ofWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
making the story flow and keep you engaged. He draws the reader in and
makes you feel as if you're part of the story. Can't wait to read more
of his books!
Posted February 24, 2011
This is a profound character study
In 1969, eighteen years old Hannah Latham has A Special Relationship with her parents; dysfunctional. Her father is a radical activist protesting anything; while her mother is an artist with mental issues. To them she is a major disappointment as she ignores the rebellion of her peers against authority. Instead Hannah wants out of the frantic family soap opera; so she marries medical student Dan Buchan; becomes pregnant; and moves to rural Maine. She becomes a librarian-housewife until her father's radical friend Tobias Judson arrives in Maine.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In 2003, Hannah feels her world imploding. Her college age daughter Lizzie vanishes after mentally breaking when she learns an inconvenient truth. Hannah's BFF is dying so she cannot turn to her for solace as she must provide comfort. Finally Toby reappears on national TV as her secret transgression from over three decades ago becomes known to all.
This is a profound character study as Hannah learns sometimes you get what you wish for only to regret you made the wrong wish. Although the issues seem relatively minor, the cast is solid especially the lead female who on any page seems over the edge of the emotional cliff. Through Hannah and her cohorts, Douglas Kennedy takes a close look at the hypocrisy of family values; pointing out that values can be negative and cherry-picking convenient; for instance the previous indiscretions of a born again are ignored by his or her peers regardless of what they might have been.