Review: EDEN by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg

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Summary:

Becca Meister Fitzpatrick―wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community―is the dutiful steward of her family’s iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter’s boldness in the face of impending single-motherhood, and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago: the existence of a daughter she gave up fifty years ago. The question now is how her other daughter, Rachel―with whom Becca has always had a strained relationship―will react.

My Review:

This is a story about the Meister family and their love affair with Eden, the family’s summer home. This beautiful, rich, character-driven story spans many generations and seamlessly alternates between different points of view, both in the past and the present. Becca and her two brothers preside over Eden. When Becca’s husband unexpectedly passes away, she is left penniless and in debt and must fight for the house to stay in the family. I fell in love with the heavenly beach setting. I love how real the characters felt and how engrossed I was in the story of these women. This was a masterful debut novel by Blasberg and I cannot wait to see what she comes out with next! I highly recommend this to anyone who LOVES reading about family drama with plenty of secrets!

I rated this FANTASTIC book 5 / 5 stars!

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