Release Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: General Fiction
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: If Will Fletcher's severe bipolar disorder isn't proof he shouldn't be a parent, his infant daughter's grave is. Once a happily married, successful veterinarian, he now lives with his sister and thrives as the small-town crazy of Half Moon Hollow. But when a fifteen-year-old orphan claims she's his daughter, Will is forced back into the role he fears most: fatherhood. Her biological dad isn't the hero Regan Whitmer hoped for, but he's better than her abusive stepfather back in Chicago. Still haunted by her mother's suicide and the rebellious past she fears led to it, Regan is desperate for a stable home and a normal family--things Will can't offer. Can she ride the highs and lows of his illness to find a new definition of family? The Rules of Half explores what it is to be an atypical family in a small town and to be mentally ill in the wake of a tragedy--and who has the right to determine both.
* This book was provided by BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.
Enter Regan-a feisty 16 year old who is fleeing from her own grief who claims that Will is her biological father. Can the trio learn to live together and not drive each other insane, literally?
I did have trouble with some of the backstories. There were numerous instances in the book that the author referred to stories of prior characters which led me to believe that there may have been a prequel to those stories. But alas, this is definitely the author’s first book, so I don’t know if she plans on writing a sequel about those events? I am not normally a fan of series, but it definitely left Ms. Patrick’s options open for future novels.
I would put this book in the same category as books written by Karma Brown (especially her latest (In This Moment), Dani Shapiro, and Diane Chamberlain.
Grab a cup of joe, a warm blanket, and tuck in to enjoy this story of human relationships and family dynamics.