- File Size: 2442 KB
- Print Length: 243 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: MLR Press (July 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073PZ84T9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Blood Relations Kindle Edition
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When I first read the blurb for this story, I was intrigued enough to give it a try; I honestly had no idea what to expect from the book but was looking forward to diving in. After finishing it, all I can say is this: This book was So Good! Seriously, I just loved it! While at first the story seemed fairly straight forward, the more you got into it, the more it became apparent that that wasn’t the case.
I’m reminded of a quote from Shrek about Ogres and onions; both have layers, to paraphrase, and the very same could be said about this book. While Simon is busy dealing with his new inheritance and learning about the family he never had a chance to claim as his own, a lot more is coming to light than expected. There was much more going on with the Melville family than expected; as the book progressed there were a ton of secrets and lies exposed, all wrapped up with family pride and some bad decisions that have left a serious mess in need of sorting. I found the entire thing to be fascinating and I just loved how I never knew what I was going to read next. I also really enjoyed the fact that I was learning about Simon’s family right along side him as this is all new to him as well; the journal entries of one of his relatives from around 1920 featured predominantly throughout the story and I enjoyed the heck out of them. Besides exposing more of his family’s somewhat sordid past, the journals gave the story a nice historic feel that went well with the setting and I liked that quite a bit.
The story was just…it was GREAT and I simultaneously want to keep talking about it and not talk about it at all because there’s no real way to truly encompass all the interconnected bits in a way that doesn’t spoil the story. One word of warning, however; Simon is in a relationship when he meets Dana and takes up with him but it is also understood that he and Izzy are in an Open relationship. Things do progress from just a casual fling and some can look upon that as cheating at that point and if that bothers you, be aware that this is a part of the book. While I abhor cheating in books, with the state of Simon and Izzy’s relationship at the beginning I found this didn’t bother me at all. If that doesn’t bother you though, I would highly recommend giving this one a try; I was in love with the book by the end of it and sad to see it end. This was also my first book by this author but I plan on making sure it isn’t my last!
I didn't really know what to expect, it could have been a paranormal story but it's not. Reading Blood Relations was like peeling an onion, you uncover layer after layer of secrets and lies. It has all the elements to make a great novel, there're secrets, lies, prejudice, family honor, sorrow, regrets and extremely compelling characters. There's an atmospheric quality to the book, a "je ne sais quoi" that I totally LOVE!
Diary entries (dated 1918-1921) written by one of Simon's ancestor Hezekiah Melville "Zeke " play an important role and shed more light on Simon's family history.
Some readers don't like "cheating" and there definitely is.
While this story is all about Simon uncovering his family past and present history it's also very much about Simon's quest to finding himself. Highly recommended!
"Home is where the heart is".