I’m always drawn to stories about family and family dynamics. It’s always interesting learning about where people come from and how it shaped their lives. So naturally I love reading novels about it too. This one was set up much the same – a family full of various issues coming together for reasons they didn’t expect.
The Rockwell women are nothing if not . . . Well, it’s complicated. When the sisters—Esme, Liv, and Ru—were young, their eccentric mother, Augusta, silenced all talk of their absent father with the wild story that he was an international spy, always away on top-secret missions. But the consequences of such an unconventional upbringing are neither small nor subtle: Esme is navigating a failing marriage while trying to keep her precocious fifteen-year-old daughter from live-tweeting every detail. Liv finds herself in between relationships and rehabs, and Ru has run away from enough people and problems to earn her frequent flier miles. So when a hurricane hits the family home on the Jersey Shore, the Rockwells reunite to assess the damage—only to discover that the storm has unearthed a long-buried box. In a candid moment, Augusta reveals a startling secret that will blow the sisters’ concept of family to smithereens—and send them on an adventure to reconnect with a lost past . . . and one another.
While I was drawn to the idea of family coming together and work through their issues, I felt like this one felt flat. In some ways the situations were a little too over the top and that made it lose some of the believability of it all.
The author has talent when it comes to writing though. That was done very well and she kept my attention. Yet, I never was able to buy in. I never was fully drawn to the characters either. So by the end, I still was left wanting a little bit more of a connection.
What’s a story of family you’ve recently read and loved?
(This was a Spring pick for SheReads.org. Thank you to She Reads and Bantam for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)