I had high hopes for this book and sadly it really didn't live up to my expectations. I sat down and read this book within a matter of hours but to me it felt like days. This book felt more like two books than one, but maybe that is because it seemed to drag on. I had a hard time connecting with Rose or any character in this book. I am not a mother so I have never experienced the love that Rose feels towards Melly and John. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I was a mother. The best (or most interesting) part of the book is the last quarter. The only person I would probably recommend this book to would be a mother.