3 1/2 starsWith all the glowing reviews, I had high expectations.First, I wouldn't call this a romance. It read a little like a memoir or narrative.It started out strong then once I hit the half-way mark, I wasn't as engaged.This story is told from the POV of Harley, a daughter growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father and a mom who enables him. It spans many years as she journeys through life battling the damage left by a dysfunctional family. She's searching for a way to be comfortable in her own skin.I could totally relate to her character. Strong and driven on the outside. Always there to rescue and clean up peoples messes. But on the inside, scared and vulnerable. Over analyzing everything to find some answers.So, over analyzing.....I felt the story was a bit heavy with the narration. It became repetitive and I just wanted something to happen already. I would have liked a bit more dialogue.Also, the author used unusual syntax. She put the subject at the end of a sentence. (Think old-school british.) For example, (Harley asks her grandmother) "How did you know you loved him, Gramps?" Now, I know it's not necessarily incorrect, it was just distracting and drove me crazy.That said, I enjoyed the characters and the direction of the story. I liked how Harley could just pick up and go. (I've never known anyone to have so many different jobs) Her bond with her sister was heartwarming.And Miah, sigh... I wish we could have gotten to know him a little better.