My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is hard for me to review and I've let it set for a week thinking about it. I loved it for the first 80% of the book. The characters were real, interesting, they struggled, stumbled and found their footing again. It was shaping up to be a story I might have read a second time. But for me, it fell apart in the end.
If you like a happily-ever-after story, this is certainly not your book. If you like more realistic, hard-life stories, this may be your book. I do actually like a hard-life story, but this one stripped everything from the leading lady. She loses it all and I felt, at the end, she lost herself. That is why it fell apart for me.
I can understand losing the rest, life happens, people disappoint, etc. But to lose the essence of self, to stop striving to reach your goals, to lay down and accept defeat? Not my idea of a good ending. Even Scarlett still had Tara! All the build up, all the time invested rooting for this woman to succeed at some level, only to have her land flat... meh.