Have read 2 books by this author. In both books, the mother characters are portrayed as deeply flawed. I don't think the author likes her own mom very much. The recurring theme is tiresome - I probably won't read another one by this author.
As I stated on my review of the first in this trilogy.... Read all 3. I especially enjoyed this since I'm of the age that I could've been Willow! And I like the connection, almost a continuation, of the first book, but with a different main character.