It begins with the sudden revelation of astonishing secrets—secrets that have shaped the personalities and fates of three siblings, and now threaten to tear them apart. In renowned author Elizabeth Berg’s moving new novel, unearthed truths force one seemingly ordinary family to reexamine their disparate lives and to ask themselves: Is it too late to mend the hurts of the past?
Laura Bartone anticipates her annual family reunion in Minnesota with a mixture of excitement and wariness. Yet this year’s gathering will prove to be much more trying than either she or her siblings imagined. As soon as she arrives, Laura realizes that something is not right with her sister. Forever wrapped up in events of long ago, Caroline is the family’s restless black sheep. When Caroline confronts Laura and their brother, Steve, with devastating allegations about their mother, the three have a difficult time reconciling their varying experiences in the same house. But a sudden misfortune will lead them all to face the past, their own culpability, and their common need for love and forgiveness (Goodreads).
I got this book from the library, I found it on the new arrivals shelf that they have at the library. I never read anything by Elizabeth Berg before so I thought I give this book a try.
What do I think of this book? I am really not sure what I think of this book, I did not dislike it or hate it. I did not love it either, I guess I liked it. But I have to say that I felt that this book was not finished. The way that it finished it felt like I was left hanging; throughout the whole book I felt that there was not enough information. I wanted to know more about the mother and daughter relationship. The abuse that Laura’s sister suffered at the hands of her mother, even the abuse from her father who ignored it when he knew what was happening. I had hard time identifying with Laura, I found that she was not an easy character to like. Laura’s relationship with her parents and sister and brother is not a close one, it is very detached I would say. They are not affectionate or a happy family, but they are not an unhappy family either.
Even though I did not love this book, I liked it and it did hold my interest to the end. I was bit disappointed with the end though, It was anticlimactic and disappointing. I wanted to see what happens between Laura’s sister and her mother, do they come to some kind of agreement. Does the mother acknowledge the abuse to the daughter and where do they go from there? I think that I liked Laura more towards the end of the book because she stands by her sister to the end even though she has doubts and is reluctant to believe her.
Overall I liked this book, it was very well written and but I felt like there was not a lot character growth and development. But I think that I like Berg’s style of writing so I will give a try to some of her other books. If you have any suggestion about some of her books that I should read let me know. I give this book 4/5 STARS – Happy Reading!