Release Date: May 2, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: Becca Meister Fitzpatrick--wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community--is the dutiful steward of her family's iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter's boldness in the face of impending single-motherhood, and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago: the existence of a daughter she gave up fifty years ago. The question now is how her other daughter, Rachel--with whom Becca has always had a strained relationship--will react.
Eden is the account of the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, as Becca prepares to disclose her secret and her son and brothers conspire to put the estate on the market, interwoven with the century-old history of Becca's family--her parents' beginnings and ascent into affluence, and her mother's own secret struggles in the grand home her father named "Eden."
*This book was provided by the publicist/publisher in exchange for a honest review.
I will say that there are a LOT of characters in this book. A LOT. I was struggling trying to remember who was who, and how they were related to one another throughout the entirety of the book. The dynamics of the family also naturally changed between the alternating timelines which didn’t help me with trying to remember just how everybody added up in the familial equation.
With that being said, the story told from the earlier time period had me enthralled. This was, of course, before the family started adding new members through marriage and children, so it was easier to keep track, but it also told the story of a clan of people who are trying to keep up with the Jones’, so to speak, but are crumbling on the inside. There are a lot of secrets that are kept within those four walls, and it was interesting to see how decisions made in this time period shaped and affected the members of the family 50-60 years later. One huge secret was kept from almost all members of the Meister clan, which just goes to show that you may not know the person standing in front of you as well as you think you do.
If you are a fan of Jaqueline Mitchard or Anna Quindlen, I think you may like this book. I would give this book a solid 3 out of 5. If you like a story filled numerous complex characters, this one may be right up your alley.