I think the author has potential, but this effort fell just a bit short for me. The first half was choppy and I felt a disconnect. I would be anticipating that something was going to happen...a conflict, a surprise, whatever...and then the story moved on and I was left disappointed. The second half certainly flowed better and was more enjoyable. As another reviewer mentioned, the brothers were easy to like. Not perfect, but with some qualities that made them realistic. The character of Poppy, however, did not resonate with me. I just felt there was something lacking and I wanted to see more feeling from her character. Will look forward to the next book by Ms. Beck as her writing matures.