I really wanted to love this book, but I struggled to become engaged with the characters and the various plot lines. I felt that about half way through the book, the main character of Laura Brooks had a change of heart in her plans but I couldn't really attribute that change to any particular event. The ending wasn't satisfying to me. I did feel that the author portrayed a vivid picture of life that many struggle with around our state.
I enjoyed the segments between chapters that tied in information about Mark Twain and the Hannibal area. I also enjoyed the character of Bobby and his journey through the contest to be named the local Tom Sawyer.
I received this book courtesy of Center Street through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.