Oh, how I adored this book! The ending was beautifully sweet, made me cry, and left enough questions open to make it not too painfully cliche.
Piper is an author, and any reader who's ever wanted to write will likely fall in love with her. She's got a lot of personality, and while she's pretty introverted, she's also headstrong and excitable. Reading about her, I feel excited when she does; her peppiness is contagious and makes me happy. She worries about being selfish, but is one of those genuinely good people.
Ned was a little on the bland side for a character--while Piper was delightfully quirky, he really didn't have much personality. He becomes more interesting in relation to other characters, such as the girl he dates and his coworker. People like Coop, Piper's best friend, are fun to read about, as are her parents. Jacobs has created a very vibrant community around Piper--I even felt connected to her elderly neighbour and the lady who sold her a dog.
The romance is more of a subplot to this book, which is more about Piper dealing with a decision she made years ago to put her daughter up for adoption. Despite this, the romance is very sweet and poignant, and while I would have liked to see a little more, there wasn't much more necessary.
The ending did border on cliche, but wasn't overly so. It left some questions open, but not so many that I was angry. I was immensely satisfied by reading this book and I really enjoyed seeing Piper grow.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.