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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 30, 2014
I liked the premise for this book but I thought the execution was just mediocre.
For the most part, the book was serious, but occasionally the author would break into a comedic episode. These felt forced and gratuitous. If she was writing with humorous dialog or funny comments throughout the book, it would have been easier to flow into the funny parts (i.e. Easter parade that became a comedy of errors with bubble machine, peeing child, stubborn dog)
And **Spoiler Alert** I know a lot of great pieces of literature rely on "two-random-people-have-sex-only-once, woman-bears-man's-child". In reality, the likelihood of becoming pregnant with just one occurrence is pretty low. But we can all buy that it's possible for the sake of a plot set-up involving "so it turned out her father was actually HIM!". In this book, there were actually *two* such scenarios. One was necessary to the storyline, but the other didn't even feel needed. Maybe since the character who was thought to be the father throughout the book didn't turn out to be the father, the author wanted to give him some kind of offspring, so she made him father to another family's child. It just didn't feel credible to me.
I'm somewhat familiar with Guilford College and the Quaker culture of North Carolina, so I enjoyed that aspect of the book. The author seemed to have done her research and was true to the culture. As for the plot lines and story twists, they left a lot to be desired.