Tracy McMillan * Gallery Books * March 8, 2016 * 336 Pages
Nicki Daniels is a thirty-something single mom, and she’s doing pretty well for herself. She’s got a great job, a sweet boyfriend, and several interesting adventures on the horizon. To any outsider, she looks like she has everything a woman could want. But Nicki is fighting some pretty serious childhood demons, and she’s having trouble feeling settled, content…happy. So when her father, Ronnie, shows up unexpectedly after a long, long stint in prison, Nicki’s world is upended. And all those insecurities she was just barely containing make their way into the full light of day. Ronnie’s arrival forces Nicki to confront her past, but in the process of trying to make peace with her dad, Nicki ends up finding a way to heal herself and better her future.
I really loved this book. The description made me think it was going to be a light, fluff read. And though it is a really fun story, there is a surprising amount of depth here. I loved how Ronnie kept talking about developmental psychology, how children are so deeply influenced by how their parents treat them, especially when they are young. I thought his observations were spot on and added a lot to the story.
I also thought McMillan did a wonderful job of creating unique, layered characters. No one was perfect, but they were all relatable and sympathetic. Even when they made dumb (and I mean real dumb) decisions, I still wanted to support them. That’s not an easy thing for an author to pull off. The only people who felt slightly superficial and cliche to me were Nicki’s two boyfriends, but meh. I didn’t mind.
Overall, this was such a great book. Engaging characters and intriguing story. I loved every minute of it.