Would I let my father come stay with me and my family? Yes. But what if he had been in and out of prison my whole life. Probably not.
Nicki Daniels owns a home appraisal business, but real estate is her true passion: she lives for open houses and really knows her way around a floor plan. And especially at this juncture of her life, real estate has come to signify the stability she is trying to build with her teenage son, Cody, and her much younger boyfriend, Jake. She’s finally ready to find the perfect house for the three of them and work on a new business venture with Jake that she thinks will jump-start their lives together.
Meanwhile, Ronnie, a longtime inmate at a nearby correctional facility, is getting some good news for once—there was a mistake in his sentencing, and he’s eligible to get out of prison. Ronnie decides his best option to avoid homelessness is to move in with his estranged daughter: Nicki. Even though they haven’t spoken in years, her door is always open to him, right?
Length: 336 Pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: March 8, 2016
About the Author
Tracy McMillan is the author of the memoir I Love You and I’m Leaving You Anyway, as well as Why You’re Not Married…Yet, based upon an essay she wrote for the Huffington Post that went viral. She has appeared as a relationship coach on the NBC reality show Ready for Love and on talk shows, including the Today show and Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. In addition to her books, Tracy has written for the Emmy Award–winning AMC series Mad Men, as well as Showtime’s United States Of Tara. Multiple Listings is her first novel.
I love the premise of Multiple Listings. Your father, an ex-con, shows up on your doorstep expecting a warm welcome? Brilliant plot line where you know interesting things have to happen.
And there were certainly things to like about the book. It is a story about heartbreak, forgiveness, and second-chances. The characters make you laugh, cry, and curse. If that isn’t enough, I thought the ending was absolutely fantastic, and I rarely find an ending that I love.
But I also found that the story dragged quite a bit. Several times a character or incident was introduced for a few chapters, then they would disappear for several chapters without any more mention. It left me with a feeling of incompleteness, like something was missing and hadn’t been resolved. And then they would be back again. The reader also spends a great deal of time inside the characters’ heads. And this can be ok sometimes, but there were so many inner thoughts on philosophy, relationships, and the meaning of life, that it seemed a bit overkill.
Overall I thought the novel was alright, and I am giving it 3 out of 5 Stars.
Content (0 being none and 5 being A LOT)
A LOT of language, the f-word being a favorite of the characters
Nothing graphic, but many references to sexual situations throughout the book