Summary: The lives of several families are intersected by a decades old tragedy.
Review: Another book club selection that I likely would never have picked up on my own. Admittedly a cover snob, there isn’t anything about the outward appearance of this book that would have attracted me. In fact, the flowery facade paired with the title screamed romance novel to me and, not being much of a romance fan, actually repelled me. So much so that I almost skipped reading it despite book club.
Looks can be deceiving! This book is about love, all different kinds of love. The love of a child, the love of a spouse, new love, old love, unrequited love, love of family, love of friends. It’s also about loss and life and connection, the frailties of the human heart, how our brokenness expresses itself. And it’s about guilt and redemption and how things aren’t always as black and white as we’d like. Sometimes our guilt is punishment enough. Sometimes life finds alternative ways to punish us.
This will be a book that I recommend time and again this year. The story is so beautifully woven, all the lives intertwined. And while it is heartbreaking and sad, it is also thought-provoking and human. And I loved it.
Note: This is a review I completed nearly a year ago, save the summary, which is why the summary is so brief this time around.