TPCR: Chapter 19, Part 2 and Chapter 20

Part of me still feels bad for the author, who now has responsibility for another big reveal: Who’s the Baby Daddy?

Lucas and Erin and Max do something very sweet, and arrange to give little Macy one of Erin’s new kittens (it is mostly Max’s idea).  This gives them the opportunity to tell Macy’s dying mother, Darlene, about the arrest of Some Bitch.  This greatly upsets Darlene, who requests that the minister and the whole Clayton clan (in other words, really, the entire town), make her a deathbed visit so she can make her Baby Daddy Dying Confession.

So all the named characters congregate, except, once again, Lucas and Mei’s mom.  Damn, this woman never gets invited anywhere.  Not to her own son’s welcome-home party, and not to the bedside of a dying woman who might have had an affair with her husband.

But the Baby Daddy wasn’t Mei and Lucas’s dad.  It was their dad’s brother.  Who apparently was the father of Sheriff Cousin and Cordon Bleu Cousin and Brooke, who’s going to adopt Macy.

I think.  This book would really have benefited from a family tree on the first page.

So Macy’s going to be adopted by her half sister.  Again, I think.

“George was going through a difficult time after Lucy died and he turned to me for comfort.  It was a mistake.  We both knew that.  When I found out I was pregnant, neither of us knew what to do.”

Um, get married?  If the guy was a widower and you were single, what was the problem?

“George didn’t want to lose his family, but he was a good man.  He wanted to do the right thing.”

So he didn’t marry her.  Because of “scandal.”  Wuss.  Then he died while she was still pregnant.  I dunno, I feel like being a single mom in a town this small and gossipy is a way bigger “scandal” than marrying a guy and letting people count only six or seven fingers instead of nine.  But I guess that’s why I’m not an RTC.

Anyway, Grandpa Asshat gave her money, enough to buy her house, so she raised Macy in this bizarre, in-your-business town, with everyone wondering for nine years who the baby daddy was, because they have nothing better to do.

Reverend West has this conclusion for everyone:

“You may not agree with [Grandpa Asshat’s] methods, but his motives were good,” Reverend West said.  “He acknowledged his mistakes and got right with God.  A hint of a smile touched the man’s lips now.  “I think as far as the will is concerned, George would say that the end justified the means.  You’re all in Clayton.  Now each of you has to decide where to go from here.”

The end justified the means.  Frak your careers, children, and lives outside this town!

The family then bizarrely offers forgiveness to Darlene, though what she ever did to them is beyond me.


Later that evening, Lucas returns home, where Erin has been watching Max.  A point is made that Max always calls Lucas “Daddy” now, which is kinda sweet, but could have just been taken care of in dialogue.  Lucas informs Erin that Darlene just died, and that she sent Macy away so she wouldn’t have to see, which is nice.

Now that this series-wide subplot is over, we can get to the next one: the Teenage Wedding!

(Sorry for the Wintermas delay; I was making rather merry this weekend.)

Happy Wintermas, all.


Posted on December 26, 2016, in The Prodigal's Christmas Reunion. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Grandpa Asshat’s methods were awful, and I still think his motives with his will were to be a controlling jerk to as many people as possible one last time. And this family tree is really confusing. Maybe it would’ve made more sense if you’d done the other books in the series before this one, but I doubt it.

  2. If George marries Darlene there’s (minor) scandal for George. If Darlene’s a single mom, there’s no scandal for any man.

    But she still potentially caused scandal for George, so that’s what she needs to be forgiven for.

    Or something.

  3. This book would really have benefited from a family tree on the first page
    In this little rural town where everyone seems related, it’d look less like a tree and more like a Möbius strip.

    • InquisitiveRaven

      Nah, Celtic knotwork.

    • No, a Möbius strip family tree would have to involve time travel where someone manages to become their own grandmother. Actually, that’s not right either. Let me try again:

      A character (let’s call him Jack) travels to the past and kills his own grandfather. With the grandfather now dead, Jack was never born. Grandmother marries someone else and eventually has a grandchild (let’s call her Jill).

      Jill also travels to the past. While there, she witnesses a strange man (Jack from the previous timeline) aiming a gun towards the spot where Jill’s grandmother is on a date with a man whose face is obscured by a shadow. Thinking it’s her grandfather who is being threatened, Jill tackles the would-be assassin, preventing the murder.

      Since Jack’s grandfather now survived, grandmother never meets the man who would have been Jill’s grandfather. Jill was never born. So on the next loop when Jack travels to kill his grandfather, there is no-one there to stop him and Jack successfully kills his grandfather. Thereby causing the timeline where Jill exists and is able to stop him.

      Now that’s a Möbius strip family tree! It seems to have two sides (the Jack timeline and the Jill timeline), but actually it’s just one long endless loop.

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