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The Hardest Thing in This World by Nicole Eva Fraser

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sexy, smart-mouthed Melody Sawyer is an underachiever, a home health care nurse with good intentions and a chip on her shoulder. Her troubled daughter Renee recently dropped dead at 24, but Renee's ghost keeps popping in on the family. And Melody has no clue about her married daughter, Kayla-who since age 16 has been deep in a clandestine affair with pro baseball player Baron Lee Presley. Join the Sawyer women on their offbeat, darkly funny, and sometimes tragic journey as they try to conquer the hardest thing in this world.

Goodreads Summary

At first glance, this book is a little unusual and a reader may not expect to like Melody at all.  However, Melody is a very interesting character with a few unusual problems.  Her daughter has died, but isn't all the way gone and Kayla, her other daughter, is on-again off-again with a baseball player.  It was interesting to read about their different characters and watch as the author developed them all in an interesting fashion.  None of these characters were perfect, but they all stood out.  I felt like I really knew them by the end of the novel.

My favorite character was Melody.  She did want to be a good mother even though she lacked motivation, at times.  Kayla was an ok character.  I had a hard time liking her throughout the book, but I appreciated how she added to the book.  I felt really bad for Renee.  Her life was cut too short at a young age.  

The plot was certainly interesting.  This book highlights mental illness and how the issues affect family and friends.  I think the author did a great job of portraying the illness.  Overall, this book is recommended to adult readers.

3 1/2 Stars

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  1. Susan T. said...:

    This sounds like a very unusual story! I love anything paranormal!

  1. Berenice said...:

    I love this cover. It's very simple but it grabs your attention. I'm not sure if I would read this one though. It's very different from the books I like to read. We'll see. Great review. Thank you! =)