A great cover. An interesting premise. A long estranged family has been called to the bedside of their comatose mother. Because of the family’s dysfunction, they have not communicated for many years. This could have been a great novel…. but alas it was not.
The dialogue was stilted – as if written by a child. The characters of the three sisters were like cardboard cutouts. Every kind of dysfunction imaginable was theirs during their childhood years. Alcoholism, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, poverty. They had it all. This was their ‘family inheritance’. The cycle of dysfunction has revisited all three sisters – yet this one trip home to a mother that couldn’t even speak to them seems to have turned their lives around and enabled them to cure themselves of the long-lasting effects of their childhood. The result was saccharine and unbelievable.
Terri Ann Leidich‘s novel would appeal to anyone who loves Christian women’s fiction with a ‘happy ever after’ ending. However, I prefer my fiction to be more realistic.
Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to read this novel in return for an honest review.