I have a hit and miss relationship with Kristin Hannah. I loved The Nightingale. I didn't enjoy Between Sisters all that much. But this one, I have to say, was a hit.
It starts with no small degree of predictability. Rich kids - Mia and Zach - are twins, with a helicopter parent for a mother. Lexie is the orphan with an unmentionable past, living with her great aunt in a trailer, but attending the same school as the twins. Here goes, I think - besties with the twins, even though one of them is a loner, the other a "pop" - mom won't let her in, blah blah blah.
But it surprised me. It didn't go like that at all. And then, the last third of the book had me. Completely. I read compulsively, between my tears and gasps, and found it to be heartening and satisfying.
Some of the characters were a little overdone. Others too good to be true. The messages about friendship, true love and teenage drinking were also a bit much. But there was something in this book that was special. A warmth and realness of humanity that gets us through bad times. A redemptive element that spoke to me.
A great emotional read.