I am enjoying this series a lot. I find the characters interesting and the stories keep my attention. It's true you have to check the name at the top of each chapter to be sure which character is taking the lead in that chapter; except for Mary Dell, the voices are not that distinctly different from each other. Perhaps a bit more work to make each voice different would serve this author well. This book in the series focuses on domestic abuse and violence, and I think it does a good job of providing information and possibilities that the general reader might not be aware of. I look forward to book 3 in this series (please let there be a book 3).
This is the 2nd book in the series. I liked the first book in the series so why not the second. I'm enjoying reading stories about female friendships. Lately I have not had as much time to spend with female friends. Life changes and moves forward. Once there was time for visiting and chatting with friends when I picked the kids up from school but not nearly often enough this last year. I guess books have always been like good friends to me. Books that include doing something crafty and useful like creating a quilt – creating a business is very appealing to me. This story – the group helping one if it's new members begin to make a new life after leaving an abusive relationship with her husband. I liked the story but feel that “Ivy” would have been more damaged than she was. Her young age and having no one to model good parenting I think those skills would be more lacking as well. I think her struggle to make life better for herself and her children was told a little too simplistically. How did she know how to drive etc. Who taught her? Certainly not her husband who wanted to control every move she made. Despite some of these simplifications I did enjoy the story. The chapter the women hold Ivy's husband at bay with rotary cutters is very satisfying if a little too dramatic
I found it difficult to get into the cadence of the writing and it took me awhile to get used to the different narrators, moreso because you have to pay attention to the name at the top of each chapter because sometime you'll get more than one chapter in a row with the same "voice." The plot itself is interesting in its portrayal of abused women and what some of them may go through. If only all of them were so lucky.
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