EVERY WRITER KNOWS YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN. But that’s just what is required of West Texas expatriate Dee Bennett-Kaufmann when her mother is badly injured in a mysterious car accident. Single-again “Dr. Dee” has never been on the “A-team” in her trendy East Coast MFA program. When a prestigious summer fellowship gives her the chance to finally finish her book, salvage her career, and spend some quality time with her college-age daughter — Dee’s certain her luck is about to change. Returning to care for her irascible, widowed mother threatens all of that. With so much at stake, Dee engineers a series of unorthodox strategies and creative tradeoffs to keep her options in play—and despite herself finds friendship, love, and the power of words in the unlikeliest of places.
My Review: 3 out of 5 stars. I can usually tell within the first few pages if I’m going to be drawn to a book. I didn’t get drawn in until about 2/3 of the way through. I felt that the story moved at a snail’s pace and didn’t have much of a real conflict until the ranch was trying to be weaseled away from Dee’s mom. I enjoyed that it took place in Texas and I enjoyed the writers group meetings but until the conflict at the end with the research for Dee’s book and the ranch issues, I had a hard time pushing through. I can definitely see potential, but felt it dragged a bit more than necessary. Also, there was one sentence when Dee realized there was a world of researching on the internet that was completely out of her character and really kind of uncalled for. Just overall not my cup of tea.
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