This book is about Lizzie Lemalf and her family and is written from each of their perspectives. It follows the triumphs and (mostly) travails of the group. This is a sequel to Eva Jordan’s book 183 Times a Year.
To start, I could not put this book down. I was invested an engrossed in the story and the characters.
I didn’t read her previous book (although I want to now), and I didn’t feel lost at all. I think Ms. Jordan does a really good job at setting the scene and context of the characters and (what I am assuming) happened in her previous novel.
I won’t lie, there are a lot of tragic things happening to this family. However, it never feels overwhelming or maudlin. There was a very interesting story line around abortion vs. miscarriage vs. choosing to have a child. It was cleverly written and really (I think) gave very interesting perspectives. There is also a lot of focus on love and loss, finding your voice, and the damage that secrets can have on yourself and the people who love you.
The author did a really good job in making me care about these characters. I was invested in their outcomes. I laughed and cried along with them.
If you like Marian Keyes, Jane Green (with a little Liane Moriarty thrown in) I think that you will thoroughly enjoy this book. It will give you all the feels. I really wanted to see how these characters got through the book and couldn’t put it down. I gave it a 4/5 on Goodreads.
Full disclosure: I received this eARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. (Thanks NetGalley!)