Back in the fall when we started this ol’ blog, this was one of the first books I requested to review. And promptly got declined for it. I saw it on my recent foray into the library and thought, why not!
As any regular reader knows, I don’t usually read the blurb about the book. I usually literally judge a book by its cover. As was the case with this. With a quick look, I thought this book was set in Washington. The house on the cover looks like the White House (kinda sorta) and the blue background with the red flag. When I started reading it I was very confused, it’s set in England at a country house. See, I really need to pay more attention to these things.
This story follows the Birch family over the Christmas holidays while they are under quarantine. Their daughter has just come back from treating the Haag virus and the mom (sorry..mum) thought it would be a good excuse to have the entire family together….for a week…when no one can escape. Nothing can go wrong, right?
It turns out that all the folks in the Birch family have a secret they are keeping. And no surprise that a week in close quarters force these out into the open – whether the family is ready to reveal them or not.
This book is about family, and life and death. And the sacrifices that we make for our family and for the greater good. That sounds dreadfully dark. But it’s not. It’s actually heartwarming and honest.
If you are looking for a good read that would be perfect for your deck/porch/beach/cabin reading pleasure, this is the one for you.
I gave it a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads.