This is a story about the Blaire family. Murray Blaire invites his three grown children – Lizzie, Ruth and George – home for a visit. Each one of them have a reason for wanting to be there, or not to be there.
The story flips back and forth between present day and the past. Sometimes I find this annoying, but in this context it totally works.
Initially I found the siblings extremely annoying to the point of irritation. However, as the story progresses and I learned about their past their actions and attitudes made total sense.
I don’t want to go too much into the story because it would all be spoilers.
This book is about family and about secrets. The question becomes – who do you save by keeping a family secret and who will get hurt.
The matriarch of the family dies when the children are young. Part of the book is about the story is about the siblings putting together their mother’s past. The catalyst is a Fannie Farmer cookbook that she used to write notes in (that gets destroyed).
Once I got over the initial annoyance of the siblings, I got very engaged in the story and the characters. I could feel their heartbreak and sadness.
This is a great story about family and why it is important. If you want an entertaining and engaging read, this is for you!
I gave it a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads.
Full disclosure: I received this eARC from First to Read for a fair and honest review. Thanks to First to Read and Penguin Random House!