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  • A tense 72 hours for a blended family

    Best Behavior by Wendy Francis has Meredith Parker along with her husband, Joel and her mother, Carol are heading to Bolton College in Boston, Massachusetts for the graduation of her twins, Dawn and Cody. Meredith is not looking forward to seeing her ex-husband, Roger and his bride of six months, Lily along with Roger’s extended family. Meredith has a variety of emotions swirling through her. She is proud of the twins graduating from college, but also upset because they moving to different states. Of course, Meredith is not the only one worried about the upcoming weekend. The tension is palpable from the beginning. Best behavior can only so last so long and then watch out. Best Behavior is a story about a blended family trying to get through seventy-two hours. There is a banquet to attend, graduation, Roger’s elaborate graduation party as well as get the twins moved out of their dorm rooms. They all want the weekend to go well, but there is always tension when families get together. Meredith is especially touchy because she is going to miss her children who will soon be living in different states. She resents her ex-husband, Roger who is now wealthy and flaunts it (I believe Meredith needed a better divorce attorney). Meredith loved raising her kids and now is not sure who she is without them. Best Behavior has secrets, lies, anger, drugs, bitterness, jealousy, love, and vast quantities of alcohol (they will need it to get through the weekend). I do want to mention there is foul language in the book (I know people use it, but I still find it offensive). The point-of-view alternates between Meredith, Joel, Dawn, Cody, and Lily. It can be a little confusing at first until you adjust. It does allow you to see each situation from different perspectives. You never truly know what another person is thinking, feeling, or going through as we discover. The book is well-written with complex characters. I liked that there was humor sprinkled throughout to help lighten the tale. Best Behavior shows the complex dynamics of a blended family. Escape reality for a time by diving into Best Behavior.

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