The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans
Genre: General fiction (adult), Romance
I really, really wanted to like this book but….I didn’t 😦
It sounded such fun, families, long summer days at the beach, actors and all the fun that gets shown so often in actor lives, stories from the theatre, rehearsals, excitements. Then of course poor Mads, the lost child.
Somehow though I didn’t like the characters – I need to feel for them but they seemed self indulgent, obsessive, people.
Althea giving in to Tony, letting him do and be whatever he wanted, while indulging in her own flirtations. Well, poor Tony had a bad childhood….so he seemed to be allowed to do whatever he wanted, never mind the consequences for those poor infatuated actresses and interns he dallied with.
Ben and Cord, two kids who on the surface had everything and were indulged, but really needed more stability, more boundaries, more definition in their lives. They needed parents who cared enough, were interested enough to say No to them more often, not just take the easy route 99% of the time then blow up on the 100th. At times I felt Tony and Althea were role playing at being parents. Cord and Ben weren’t particularly likable as kids, Mads was strange, not suprising given her background, and the whole just led to stories about people that I didn’t have any real empathy for.
It seemed a tale of excuses and self indulgence, betrayals and bitchiness, and was overall just a really sad story IMO, and not the fun romance and family history I was expecting. I read to be lifted out of dreariness and sadness, but even the final light moments of this didn’t make up for the way it pulled me down so much while reading.
Stars: Two and a half, will be perfect for others but just not the right story for me
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