I have not read the first book The World Undone, yet this book can be read as a stand alone novel. In the beginning, I was not sure about this book. Anna's sister and her family were mean. Anna's husband, Henry was a jerk. So glad that he did not last long in the story. So with most of the characters that I was introduced to early into the story being so unwelcome, I was not sure if I could stick with this book. Besides, Anna was also meek. Yet, I stuck with the book because I wanted to give it another chance hoping it would get better as it did sound good. I am happy to report that the book does get better.
For me the real story started when Anna went to see her daughter, Sylvia. While, again I did not warm up to everyone right away, I did like the dynamics of Anna and Sylvia better than Anna and her sister. Besides as the story moved along, Anna grew stronger and turned into a butterfly. I liked Anna's other daughter, Callie. The relationship involving Anna and her two daughters was real. It was not all sweet like honey. There was fighting, words said but when it was all said and done, Anna's relationship with her daughters was stronger than ever.
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