Clara Conway is a woman with secrets. But consequently Clara’s family is in the process of falling apart. Her son Max emigrated to the US with his young family years ago and she has yet to meet her teenage granddaughter, Nathalie … because Max and his mother no longer speak.
Meanwhile Clara’s daughters, Giselle and Ava are each fighting to find a little happiness and when Clara unexpectedly reaches out to Nathalie and their niece comes to visit, their thoughts turn to Max, the brother they loved and lost. The brother whose abrupt disappearance left the Conway family heartbroken.
Can Nathalie’s time with her grandmother start to right some very old wrongs? And can Clara find a way to reach out to Max and thereby begin to heal the whole family once more?
I really don’t know how I feel about this book. It was an okay story, but a large part of the book is about a family who keep secrets from each other. However I couldn’t help but be frustrated by this. Why couldn’t this family just talk to each other rather than keep so many secrets, literally most of this book would not have happened if they had taken the time and used their words.
Not only that but the characters reactions to these secrets were so over the top it felt almost unbelievable. It was so annoying how these characters acted on a whim without ever stopping to think about their actions.
I have to say I did enjoy parts of this book, I liked how many of the characters used creative outlets as a way to heal. It just annoyed me how most of this book literally would not have happened if the characters had taken the time to talk to each other. If I were to sum it up in one word it would be frustrating.
*I received a copy of this book from Headline in exchange for an honest review.