Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
Author: Peter Shianna
story of cheating, disloyalty and egotism. From the first page
I was brought into the lives of this dysfunctional family of Mom, Dad
and two very troubled, adopted children, scratch that, young adults.
The son just graduated from high school and is not sure what he wants
to do next and the daughter is fighting a war with anorexia and
trying to fit in.
David Tag, the father is very obsessed with becoming a winner in his field. He has everything a successful businessman could ever wish for but, is not satisfied and seems to want more. Not being satisfied with his lot in life, David undertakes a plan to get even with an old foe from college who has always had it in for David and didn't mind saying so in the most belligerent ways. This person is an executive in a company that David and his partner are trying to do financial planning for. There are many millions of dollars involved and David is having a difficult time getting around his nemesis and going right to the head of the company. This is taking up much of his time and he doesn't seem to realize that his family is falling apart in front of him. His newly graduated son has decided to try and find his birth parents. His daughter is trying to beat her anorexia but not succeeding and, his wife is throwing hereself into church volunteer work which has brought her to the attention of a very good looking clergyman who is much more aware of her than he should be. As David's personal and business life start to fall apart, things get pretty glum. If things don't change for the better soon he might have to sell one of his homes and his airplane and a couple of boats. Now, doesn't that upset you. I thought it would.
Despite of everything or maybe because of everything, I found myself enjoying this book. I felt sorry for the family and even for David. He was so wrapped up in being a success, he forgot about all the good things in his life and was only able to concentrate on "material things." Sadly, so many people today worry about the wrong problems. Being able to enjoy your lot in life has got to be the hardest thing to do when you see others that you know aren't as intelligent or hard working doing so well because they have more "material things."
I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy adult fiction. The characters are interesting and believeable and the book moves along at a fast pace and doesn't get bogged down by any back story. Unfortunately, I'm sure that there are a lot of families that have gone through similar situations and this book is extremely realistic. Good luck to the author.
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