"For fans of deep character studies"
Fourteen year old Molly tells her father that she will
marry the boy next door upon learning that the new
neighbors have three teenage sons. Her father asks her
which one? Molly meets Warren when he brings his ailing
canary to her dad a veterinarian for treatment, but the
bird is dead. Warren is in her class, a fact she never
noticed before. She meets "Sweet Pea" Pete when she comes
over to Warren's house at the invitation of his mother, but
finds he uses nasty barbs as weapons of mass destruction.
Eventually she meets the oldest beautiful brilliant Billy
surrounded by a bevy of beauties.
Several years later, Molly flees to Long Island to spend
time with her godmother Mitzi and to clear her confused
mind as something is lacking in her relationship. Mitzi
would prefer her guest drop the rosy romantic glasses and
toss the three Murphys into the ocean so they can swim back
to England. What will Molly do and will she realize who
really lovers her as she is and not what she can do for
Fans of deep character studies will do themselves a favor
by reading this tale of a delightful individual's struggle
between the past (especially her mom dead when Molly was
four), the present (circa 2000), and the future (which
Murphy?). Though the story line slowly develops so that
the audience has a taste of Molly at various ages, readers
will appreciate her as the saving grace of this novel. She
is an intriguing mix of emotions that come alive
differently with her interactions with the Murphy males.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 29, 2003