Thursday, October 17, 2013

Little Island by Katherine Britton

Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 320
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Grace
Flowers
By the water
Have fun!
 


These are Joy’s grandmother’s last words—left behind on a note. A note that Joy’s mother, Grace, has interpreted as instructions for her memorial service. And so, the far-flung clan will gather at their inn on Little Island, Maine, to honor her.

Joy can’t help dreading the weekend. Twenty years ago, a tragedy nearly destroyed the family—and still defines them. Joy, Grace, her father Gar, and twins Roger and Tamar all have their parts to play. And now Joy, facing an empty nest and a nebulous future, feels more vulnerable than ever to the dangerous currents running through her family.

But this time, Joy will discover that there is more than pain and heartbreak that binds them together, when a few simple words lift the fo
g and reveal what truly matters…

Kritters Thoughts:  A generational saga that really proved the point that when you go home you also go back in age.  When children return home, they revert back to the ways and the people they were when they were children in the home.  So in this book, Grace and Gar have their children - Joy, Roger and Tamar returning home for the memorial of Grace's mother.  

Joy is the only character who narrates in first person and I think the author perfectly chose her to guide the story along with the eyes of the story.  The rest of the cast of characters are not left out, but none get to share straight from their point of view.  I think I know why the author did this and once you read the book, I would love to know if you agree (but I can't share or else it would spoil the fun!).  

A fantastic family book that made me laugh, cry and absolutely startled me at a few moments with the things that this family had gone through and was currently going through at the time of the story.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Booksparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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