Rating: 3 out of 5 Magical Coffee Cups
Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.
Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.
When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around
This was my first Anne Tyler book and my third book in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. I thought I was going to love this one. I thought Kate sounded awesome and I was expecting some hilarious antics, but it just didn’t happen. I don’t know if I was just in an odd mood while reading this book or if it just wasn’t for me. I found Kate to be more sad than anything else. She really doesn’t like her job, her sister, the fact that she has so many responsibilities at home and now her dad is asking a HUGE favor of her. I felt sorry for her throughout this book. She seemed like a pushover throughout most of the book.
I’m having a hard time rating this book because I did like it. I know I just said I didn’t like the main character but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t interested in the story. I did read it all the way through. I was curious as to how it was all going to wrap up in the end. I don’t think there was ever a time that I thought I couldn’t finish this book, but I wouldn’t feel the need to recommend this book to many others.
I was received this book from bloggingforbooks.com in return for an honest review.