Kensington, Aug 2003, 14.00, 304 pp.
Fourteen year old Molly tells her father that she will marry the boy next door upon learning that the new neighbors have three teenage sons. Her father asks her which one? Molly meets Warren when he brings his ailing canary to her dad a veterinarian for treatment, but the bird is dead. Warren is in her class, a fact she never noticed before. She meets “Sweet Pea” Pete when she comes over to Warren's house at the invitation of his mother, but finds he uses nasty barbs as weapons of mass destruction. Eventually she meets the oldest beautiful brilliant Billy surrounded by a bevy of beauties.
Several years later, Molly flees to Long Island to spend time with her godmother Mitzi and to clear her confused mind as something is lacking in her relationship. Mitzi would prefer her guest drop the rosy romantic glasses and toss the three Murphys into the ocean so they can swim back to England. What will Molly do and will she realize who really lovers her as she is and not what she can do for them?
Fans of deep character studies will do themselves a favor by reading this tale of a delightful individual's struggle between the past (especially her mom dead when Molly was four), the present (circa 2000), and the future (which Murphy?). Though the story line slowly develops so that the audience has a taste of Molly at various ages, readers will appreciate her as the saving grace of this novel. She is an intriguing mix of emotions that come alive differently with her interactions with the Murphy males.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner