I guess I'm one of the few reviewers who didn't respond to the sentimentality of this book. Although I am usually the sentimental type, I thought that the message of this book--literally, that family is the most important thing in life, and metaphorically, that you must stop to smell the roses--was so obvious that it repeatedly hit you over the head. I did not find the main character, Kate, to be likeable; it was difficult to have sympathy for her money problems once it was revealed that she and her husband lived in a nice condo, belonged to a country club, and even owned a boat! Also, I was particularly frustrated by the way Kate excuses both her husband's and grandmother's behavior, especially given that both of these characters engage in offensive behavior at times. Furthermore, the sudden transformation of Kate's husband, Ben, did not ring true to me. The book's more real characters include Kate's father, Jack, and her sister, Karen, but they both have relatively minor roles in the story. Although some parts of this book were engaging, such as the vignette's from Grandma Rose's childhood, I just found the overall sappiness to detract from what might have been a more genuine and moving story.