Thursday, May 24, 2007
Grace Above All, by Jane St. Anthony
In this gentle (if somewhat dull story), Grace copes through a summer vacation taking care of her siblings in the family's cabin, while her useless mother hangs on the sidelines. There's a love interest in the form of the boy next door and a handicapped relative that get Grace thinking about the importance of family (even if they DO drive you nuts!).
Gentle and dull. The romance and most of the other storylines sort of hang in place, but never get any serious development and the action is pretty much below the surface. Even the inevitable mother-confrontation scene is underplayed. The result is a realistic snapshot but one that does not go anywhere.