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So much more than just a "feel good" book
on July 1, 2016
This book was recommended for me as an interesting novel that deals with family history. When it arrived in the mail, I eagerly read the back cover. My first thought was that it was another "feel good" book, the kind that has sweetness and light shining on every page. Not that would be a bad thing, just not my usual cup of tea.
It starts with Mia Landan, a breast cancer survivor, finding that her husband was unfaithful to her. Torn on many different levels, she runs back to the last place she felt some peace, a breast cancer survivor retreat. The owner of the retreat, Belle Carson , realizes that Mia needs to find herself, needs some time to sort out her life and become whole again. She offers Mia the use of a disused fishing cabin that she had inherited . Mia quickly finds that the cabin holds secrets that have caused family discord for decades....and she becomes obsessed with reuniting Belle and her long dead Grandmother, while carving out a new life of her own.
I found myself totally absorbed in the book after the first chapter. It turned out to be so much more than a "feel good" book, including a great mystery, well written characters, and a very real sense of a family torn apart by innuendos and rumors. There were some aspects that I felt were overdone, including fly fishing, of all things. A few of the occurrences seemed contrived, and the ending was too predictable, in my opinion. Regardless I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
Note: Some hints of sex, nothing bold....no bad language...no violence….good writing with well developed characters…
No disclosure needed - I am a “reviewer” of Amazon products and often get things at a discount, however this item I have bought at FULL price for my own personal use. Thank you for reading my review!