The book is a good one for parents of teenagers, particularly if the mother is a stay-at-home-mom. The book tackles many problems of young adults: illegal drinking, emotional problems, and dating. It also raises questions about how much Mom has to give up to keep the family together. The book came down rather heavily on the side of Mom going back home, but I'm not sure that's realistic in today's world. I would have liked to see a more balanced way of dealing with the problem of Mom's job and the kids' needs.
The story is a bit diffuse. I thought Wiseman was trying to deal with too many problems and character types. The risk with too many characters is that some the conflicts go unresolved. That happened in this book, but may pick up in Part II.
I recommend this book if you're dealing with teenagers, or a mom deciding to go back to work. It's filled with reminders that we all need to talk to God. I found that very refreshing. The story moves quickly and is easy to read. You have to decide for yourself whether Brad and Darlene are making good choices for themselves and their children.
I reviewed this book as part of the Booksneeze Program.