The beginning of this book was not easy reading. Though interesting, the story picked up in present day and filled in the backstory through flashbacks and memories. Because the story was being told from different points of view, this meant bouncing around in time and viewpoint among at least four perspectives, which was difficult to sort out in the beginning. After settling in and getting the gist of the action, I began to enjoy this story much, much more. By the middle I couldn't put it down and I couldn't wait to find out how Martin would bring everyone's issues to resolution.
This story is not a lighthearted read, as the issues are deep: mental illness, child abuse, neglect, alcoholism, promiscuity, racial tensions; but Martin deals with each in a realistic and yet kind way. Tucker grabs your heart and makes you want to cheer him on to happiness as he reconciles with his difficult past.
With characters like Tucker, I'm definitely going to seek out Martin's other books.
I was given a free copy of this book by BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.