Genre: Adult, Realistic Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
I have read several of Teri's books. She is very adept at writing multiple genres. I really enjoyed this book. My father worked construction for years. He and his brothers owned their own company in Indiana. When I got out on my own and started looking for my own place, I looked with a critical eye. My father had taught me well. I had a parent this last year who could definitely identify with Eric and Cassie. They were having their floors re-done. The job was botched. They ended up in a motel for four months and are still in the throes of a legal suit. It was traumatic enough to my student that she used the experience as her Tropicana Speech topic.
Reading this story made me realize what Cassie and her husband did right and what they did wrong when searching for a contractor. He seemed to have all the correct credentials. When they asked for references he took them to a house that was being worked on and showed them the work he'd supposedly done. They checked with the Better Business Bureau and they checked his license and everything seemed to check out. When things started to go downhill, they didn't react the same way others had. This meant the contractor Tom had to take things to another level. I've never seen anyone so crooked. He hurt so many people. The lessons that Eric and Cassie learned when a long way. This not only affected them, but their children as well. While dealing with all of this, Cassie had started her new job as a lawyer, her children were in middle school, and since I teach middle school I know what kind of issues that can bring on its own. Through all of this, their children seems to learn from what their parents were going through and was able to apply the lessons to situations in which they were involved. I loved the way each of the twins tried to find themselves. At times it was very funny the way they interpreted what they said to their parents and how their parents responded to them. I would highly recommend this book just like I have all of her others. She is an excellent writer.