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Posted September 24, 2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest r
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Grace Little is planning a memorial service for her mother, where she will meet her aunts for the first time. As if that isn't stressful enough, she has her annual family gathering with her husband and children the same weekend. Joy is Grace' s oldest living child, I say this because all of the children, although they never knew Abigail, lived in the shadow of her memory. Joy' s son, Rex, and husband, Stuart, have headed off to move Rex into his dorm. As she's packing for her trip to Little Island she becomes overwhelmed with the thought of an empty nest, what will she do with herself? How will she cope? Tamar, the youngest of the twins, is a successful attorney and brilliant businesswoman. Because of this, she has wonderful twin girls that she barely knows. Her husband Daniel has been raising them. This weekend, she'll be taking them to Little Island alone. Roger is the family troublemaker. Ever since childhood he's gotten into some sort of trouble. His worst, that fateful night exactly twenty years ago, this weekend. Now he battles drug and alcohol addiction, and memories of a lost love. Will Grace manage to pull off a fun weekend and memorial service? Will Joy be able to figure out what she really wants and return to her empty nest? Will Tamar learn what is most important in her life before it's too late? Will Roger be able to finally stop feeling like a disappointment to his father?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book was so moving. There is some portion of each character you can easily relate to. Little Island sounds like a beautiful island to live on, where you could just be left to find yourself. The character I most related to was Joy. She was always treated like a third wheel when with her twin siblings, but when there was trouble, she was the one they turned to. The end of the book was so funny, I laughed until I cried. This was a wonderful book I'm sure everyone will enjoy.
Posted September 7, 2013
Joy, Tamar and Roger, as well as other family and friends, arriv
Joy, Tamar and Roger, as well as other family and friends, arrive at the inn on Little Island, Maine for a memorial service for their late grandmother, who left very specific instructions for their part in the service, “Grace. Flowers. By the water. Have fun!” Their mother, Grace, and father, Gar know that this seems like an impossible series of requests, in fact nothing short of a miracle. For this family are all bearing a terrible grief over an accident that took one of their own years ago. Roger has his own added grief to add to the stockpile. But they aren’t morose characters at all; in fact they are like sparks of electricity that flash on each other. Grace wonders whether it will all implode or explode over this family gathering! Her efforts are noble and delicate throughout the entire family journey from the past to the present.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Joy’s son has just gone off to college and she’s got a hefty case of “empty nest syndrome” that brings her back to a very unstable part of her life. She wonders if she will revert to those behaviors or if she can find herself and a future. Tamar is a professional working woman whose husband is really the parent in control of raising their gorgeous, bubbly, imaginative twin daughters. Rather than being grateful, Tamar is riddled with guilt over her lack of maternal instinct and skills in caring for her lovely children. Roger’s got lots of spunk and one never knows what he will dream up next. But he’s unreliable and a former addict. Grace and Joy wonder if the clan being together will free him from his addictions or draw him deeper, especially since they find out that a long lost love of his is now divorced and free again.
Each segment of this visit brings new challenges and minor arguments; however, the marvelous part of this is that it’s not just barbs and battles but each character has a unique ability to reflect on what’s occurring externally and internally. That is the miracle that develops this story into an engaging, realistic and beautifully healing story. A secret will eventually be revealed and once it is, then honesty issues from everyone and the healing can truly begin. For guilt and blame lurk behind the battles until acceptance of each other’s role in the past gets aired. Forgive and forget? One can never forget but can learn to accept one’s truest self.
Each will realize they must dare to do one particular act or say one particular thing that will free not only the other person but the one doing the acting or speaking. Gar and Grace have raised terrific children who show their strengths and foibles endearing readers to recognize and perhaps identify with in similar or different ways!
Add to the story glorious descriptions of this island, the inn, favorite spots to picnic or swim, magnificent views and a lovely home crafted to welcome not only friends but tourists, and you have one delightful, memorable and well-crafted work of fiction which this reviewer highly recommends!