by Sarah Jio
Embarrassment of Riches Challenge 8/50
A woman goes to heal in her childhood summer vacation spot and finds a diary from the 40’s which has a tremendous effect on the present.
This is a quick little book about healing, redemption, betrayal and kind of how history can repeat itself. It went so quickly that the story never fully pulled me into its emotional grip, but it was enjoyable and the characters were filled with secrets and major reticence about spilling. In fact, they are obviously from a different generation, because my generation is all about giving too much information!
This was our bookclub read, and while I am happy we read it because it forced me to read a book from my TBR mountain, I wish it was a bit more developed. Don’t get me wrong, I think we will have plenty to talk about, but I am just not sure that anyone will be that emotionally invested in the story to either love it or hate it. However, it has plenty of issues, and characters with problems that we will be able to discuss. Generational differences, adoption, step-parents, honesty with children, cheating spouses and possible forgiveness etc. There really is a ton there and Jio has a lovely writing style. She lays out clues and the reader is able to pick them up so that some parts are totally predictable, while others are a bit of a surprise (at least for me!). She also laid out a couple of misdirections, so it was fun to figure it out and then be surprised later. I love that when I feel all smart and think I know what is going to happen, only to have the author bitch slap that cocky grin right off my face. Good times.
If you want a read that goes over some hard issues, but has resolution and a mystery but doesn’t make you sob like a Jodi Piccoult, this is the book for you. Actually, I stay away from Miss Piccoult because she does make me sob, so I guess I don’t really know what I want! I give this book 3.5 purple stars that show up where you least expect.