It’s hard to say you didn’t like a book with such an inspiring premise, but I just could not get into this book. I picked it up on free Friday for my Nook, hoping that it would give me the chance to read something I might otherwise pass by yet ultimately find enjoyable. Unfortunately, this wasn’t one of those books.
The story itself is inspiring. A woman walks in on her husband with the secretary, divorces him, gets millions, and decides to buy a historical town in which to raise troubled foster kids. Very touching, and I would love to read an article about it actually happening.
The problems with this book fall with the execution. There are far too many characters for us to ever get really attached to any of them. Characters are introduced just to never come back again, and others who have no real impact on the larger story just keep coming back like a wart. Unfortunately, the character in question has the personality of one as well.
Another problem, and this may just be an issue with the digital version, is that the perspective will frequently change without a clear break. At one point you’ll be in the mind of one of the adults, and then without warning, you’ll be thrust into the mind of one of the kids, leaving you wondering what exactly is going on. Especially when the other character was not involved in the previous scene. They just change.
The bigger problem, that several other reviews have mentioned on here, is the lack of conflict. There is absolutely none. At all. Any time a problem seems to be arising, Bernadine throws money at it and it magically goes away. With two exceptions. One conflict is resolved by an incident with a pig, whose owner is given far too much time for no other reason than to jack up the word count, and the other is solved by the judge suffering from an accident that conveniently takes him away from the courtroom. It would be nice if the world were that magical, but, sadly, it makes for boring reading.