It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.
For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems.
As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.
In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive… (From Goodreads)
I give this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
I love a good dysfunctional family, and I love a well written book about said dysfunctional family even more. I liked every single character in this book, they all had issues, but they were all like-able in their own way. Okay, well, one of them is questionable. haha!
I saw some blurbs on the back of this book saying the book was hilarious, I must have missed that part. I found this book to be emotional, heart-warming, sad, and realistic. Families suffer with these issues every day, heck my own family has had some of these problems. I really enjoyed this book, it was definitely a “just one more chapter” type of read. I was drinking coffee at 9 p.m. just so I could stay up late to read it. This was a well-developed story. One that I will continue to recommend to readers.
This book definitely touches on a lot of sensitive subjects, P.T.S.D., Homosexuality, infidelity, and life threatening illnesses. It basically focuses on how people settle for things, instead of going after what they truly want out of life. Life is too short guys, tomorrow is never a guarantee. Always do and love what your heart wants. AND Family is everything! No matter how dysfunctional they are.