I have enjoyed many of Catherine Bateson’s novels. My favourite was ‘Painted Love Letters‘. She sensitively handles times of change and relationships for young people and creates such interesting and alive characters.
This latest novel tackles the stepmother and tells a tale of a father and daughter team including a new woman in the house. It has been shortlisted for the CBCA Awards 2007 for Younger Readers. It replaces the stereotypical wicked stepmother with a new type of stepmother who is flawed and annoying yet gradually appreciated. It was an enjoyable light read.