on Tour June 1 - July 31, 2017
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ABOUT THE BOOK -
The houses in Pine Estates are beautiful McMansions filled with high-achieving parents, children on the fast track to top colleges, all of the comforts of modern living, and the best security systems money can buy. Welcome to normal upper-middle-class suburbia.
The Turners know in their hearts that they're anything but normal. Jenna is a high-schooler dressed in black who is fascinated with breaking into her neighbors' homes, security systems be damned. Everett genuinely believes he loves his wife . . . he just loves having a continuing stream of mistresses more. JT is a genius kid with Asperger's who moves from one obsession to the next. And Kate tries to manage her family, manage her mother (who lives down the street), and avoid wondering why her life is passing her by.
And now everything is changing for them. Jenna suddenly finds herself in a boy-next-door romance she never could have predicted. Everett's secrets are beginning to unravel on him. JT is getting his first taste of success at navigating the world. And Kate is facing truths about her husband, her mother, and her father that she might have preferred not to face.
Life on Pine Road has never been more challenging for the Turners. That's what happens when you're practicing normal.
Combining her trademark combination of wit, insight, and tremendous empathy for her characters, Cara Sue Achterberg has written a novel that is at once familiar and startlingly fresh.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Cara Sue Achterberg is a writer and blogger who lives in New Freedom, PA with her family and an embarrassing number of animals. Her first novel, I’m Not Her, was a national bestseller, as was her second, Girls’ Weekend. Cara’s nonfiction book, Live Intentionally, is a guide to the organic life filled with ideas, recipes, and inspiration for liv- ing a more intentional life. Cara is a prolific blogger, occasional cowgirl, and busy mom whose essays and articles have been published in numerous anthologies, magazines, and websites.
Links to her blogs, news about upcoming publications, and pictures of her foster dogs can be found at -
CaraWrites.com | Cara Sue Achterberg on Twitter | Cara Sue Achterberg on Facebook
MY THOUGHTS -
My first book by this author and definitely won't be my last! I really liked the author's writing style. And this book had one of my favorite things I look for in a book - the changing POV. The chapters take turns between Kate, Everett, and Jenna. I love when books do this because it really gives you a chance to get to know all the main characters.
I think this is one of the first books where I disliked both main characters! Kate - she reminded me of a "Stepford wife" what a door mat she was. I really lost all respect and sympathy for her (or maybe I never really had it). She only slightly revived her status with me at the end.
And I hated Everett because... well that one is easy - he was a major lying cheating jerk! He would feel bad for cheating on his wife, think about how much he loved her and then leave for his mistress' house. The couple of nice things he did do was like putting two grains of sand on Miami beach, just didn't count for much in the big picture.
The only two I really liked was Jenna and JT the two kids. I also thought their characters were done VERY well! Jenna was your typical teenager, well typical in my mind! LOL I was a lot like her. Not "Goth" but I was a rebel! JT's Asperger’s felt very real to me! Even if it wasn't mentioned in the book I would have guessed it just by the character development. I worked in Special ed. for 14 years and I worked with children with Autism and Asperger’s.
Cassie and Laura were also great characters! They were great for Jenna but also the nudge for Kate that she so needed.
Even though I didn't like Kate and Everett - they were so dang addictive!!! They were like that TV show you know is bad and you shouldn't watch but you watch it anyway because you are hooked. - I was hooked!
There is some major drama in this story as well as some great suspense and - a great ending to boot!
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Partner's in Crime Tours - Thank You!