A story from debut author Abby Fabiaschi that is “as absorbing as it is illuminating, and as witty as it is heartbreaking.”
Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch…until she commits suicide, leaving her husband Brady and teenage daughter Eve heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives? How they can possibly continue without her? As they sift through details of her last days, trying to understand the woman they thought they knew, Brady and Eve are forced to come to terms with unsettling truths.
Maddy, however, isn’t ready to leave her family forever. Watching from beyond, she tries to find the perfect replacement for herself. Along comes Rory: pretty, caring, and spontaneous, with just the right bit of edge…but who also harbors a tragedy of her own. Will the mystery of Maddy ever come to rest? And can her family make peace with their history and begin to heal? (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Getred PR for my free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
This was a real tear jerker. I spent a lot of the book wondering why Maddy would leave behind her daughter, what would make her feel so low that she removed herself from her daughter and her husbands lives. What was so wrong, that it was worth killing herself?
When you progress further into the book, you get to learn more about Brady and Eve, and the dynamics of their family. It was a beautiful thing watching Brady and Eve build their relationship as father and daughter. To grieve together, to heal together, and to move on together.
I really liked Eve, she was young, and feisty, and very smart for her age. The way she chose to heal herself was very admirable. Brady, might not have been the best husband, nor father, but he figured it out. He turned himself around I loved him. He was snarky, and honest, and he knew just what he needed to be for his daughter.
That ending though, was enough to shed some tears. And the epilogue, even better!!! I am so glad I got to read this beauty of a book, and I look forward to reading more of Abby Fabiaschi’s books. This book is full of parental themes, Brady and his mom, Maddy and her mom and Eve and Maddy. If you are a fan of family stories, comedies, dramas, melodramas, this book is going to be perfect for you.
What I took away from this book is, do not take anything for granted, as a wife, mother, and daughter. Life is short, death is a given. Whether it’s illness, suicide, or an accident. Treasure those you love and be kind to people. Everyone around you is fighting their own battles. Be a listener, be a shoulder, be good.