My thoughts: I enjoyed this book even more than the first one in the series. The author does a great job of balancing the funny things in life (Bella’s attempt at a job scooping poop or squeezing beans onto a burrito) with hard situations in life (Dolly’s sacrifice—I don’t want to give too much away). I like the growing friendship between Bella and Luke, and the development of the family is extended in this book through the reality TV show storyline, which is a nice glimpse into how a blended family should work. As with the first book, Jones does a great job of having spiritual elements without preaching or lecturing the reader.
I look forward to the third book to find out more about Bella’s relationship with her dad. I would also like to see more development in the relationship between Bella and her mother, who is trying to be a good parent after years of being a distant, hands-off parent when the two lived in NYC.