Leaving Before It's Over by Jean Reynolds Page
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Publisher: Harper Collins, 2010
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Summary From the Publisher:
When Roy Vines married his wife, Rosalind, he traded his family and his inheritance for love—a painful choice that has blessed them with years of joy nestled in rural North Carolina with their beautiful daughters, sixteen-year-old Lola and little Janie Ray.
But their happiness is threatened when Rosalind suddenly falls ill. Desperate to get her the help she needs, Roy does the one thing he swore he'd never do—turn to his heartless and bitter identical twin brother, Mont, for help.
This is the third book I've read by Jean Reynolds Page, and I like each one even more than the last. This last one has convinced me that, without a doubt, that I need to read the last two books in her backlist.
Page's characters are so very vivid. Even if they are people I wouldn't normally hang out with, I couldn't help but be drawn to them. Roy is a solid and likeable man. Lola and Luke are typical kids. They may make mistakes, but are ultimately good kids, and I couldn't help but wish them the best. The Vines family, as a whole is stand-offish and cold, but they are still characters that most people can understand. I loved how I could see the situation from many different perspectives and that
I also love the family dynamics in this book. I think a slightly dysfunctional family is something that everyone relates to on some level, and that gives the story a very accessible quality. If characters and families are too perfect they are hard to swallow, but the Vines family isn't that way at all. There are those in the family that are easy to dislike, and those who I changed my mind about by the end of the book. In so many books either the plot or the characters stand out, and in Page's books they are both able to hold their own equally. 4.5 stars, very good +
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