Did the plot pull you in or did you feel you had to force yourself to read the book? There were four stories about four women. Most of the book flowed but some parts were jerky. Be it punctuation or long sentences, you find yourself re-reading sentences. This made the book drag for me.
How realistic was the characterization? The characterization was definitely plausible and these are situations that will never go away . These four women took responsibility for their own actions and lives although not all of them seemed to have a definite ending in the stories as is with real life.
How does the setting figure into the book? The setting didn't change significantly. The women were trying to leave Texas and move on with their lives. Whether they actually did this successfully and had a better life than when they were in Texas is a completely different story.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.