Book Review Of “Eden” By Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
Becca Meister Fitzpatrick–wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community–is the dutiful steward of her family’s iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter’s boldness in the face of impending single-motherhood, and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago: the existence of a daughter she gave up fifty years ago. The question now is how her other daughter, Rachel–with whom Becca has always had a strained relationship–will react.
Eden is the account of the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, as Becca prepares to disclose her secret and her son and brothers conspire to put the estate on the market, interwoven with the century-old history of Becca’s family–her parents’ beginnings and ascent into affluence, and her mother’s own secret struggles in the grand home her father named “Eden.” (From Goodreads)
I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Family Sagas are a new style of book for me to read, so I do not have much to base this review off of. The bad first? It was slow, and for me, it started off confusing. There are a lot of people in this book, and the chapters alternate between 1915 and 2005. So it’s a bit to keep up with, and a long cast of characters to keep track of. I had a harder than usual time keeping up with it.
Now on to the good. It’s written beautifully, and the characters are relatable to people of all different walks in life. So anyone should be able to pick up this book and be able to relate to someone. There are some very heart breaking moments, and some very beautifully tender ones as well. There is no doubt that “EDEN” is going to be well received in the book world, and I think it will have a very strong following of women/mom’s/grandmas.
One thing I know for sure, this book made me want my own summer home!
Thank you @booksparks and Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg who both sent me this book to read and review! I love opening my eyes to new and unique books! #src2017