Sunday, September 16, 2012

Book Review: A Place Called Home

About the Book:
When Thea Wyndham and Mitchell Baker learn they've been named joint guardians for their late friends' three children, they're little more than acquaintances. Barely polite acquaintances, at that. Something about Mitch's forthright intensity has always left ad exec Thea feeling off-balance, while Mitch makes no secret of his disdain when Thea offers him financial assistance if he'll take sole guardianship. Thea is far from heartless. She's just plain terrified of her new parenting responsibilities. Both she and Mitch are romantically involved with other people. Yet the more time they spend together, the less certain she is of her loyalties. There are complications and mis-steps, tears and laughter - lots of it. And somehow, through it all, the dawning realization that the last place she thought she'd find herself could be just where she belongs.

My Comments:
Thea has never wanted children.  Her own childhood was so bad she was sure she could never be a decent parent and did not plan to subject any child to her efforts.  She dated a man much older than she was, a man who, while he enjoyed being a grandfather, had no desire for a second go-around at fatherhood.  Mitchell didn't exactly pine for children--he liked being the "uncle" who came to play and then left--but when his best friend is killed in a car accident and leaves him and Thea joint custody of three children, he steps up to the plate.  Thea wants to remain as an "aunt", but slowly gets pulled into the children's lives, and Mitchell's.  

I enjoyed the story and was really rooting for Thea to get her act together.  I found some of the language in the bedroom scenes to be on the crude side.  Grade:  B.  This was a library book.

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