Thursday, March 8, 2018

Family Tree
by Susan Wiggs

Publisher: William Morrw
Pages: 400
Format: book
Buy the Book: HarperCollins

Goodreads:  Sometimes the greatest dream starts with the smallest element. A single cell, joining with another. And then dividing. And just like that, the world changes. Annie Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Los Angeles home they share. And now, she’s pregnant with their first child. But in an instant, her life is shattered. And when Annie awakes from a yearlong coma, she discovers that time isn’t the only thing she’s lost.

Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the people she knew before, the high-school boyfriend turned judge. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm.

Kritters Thoughts:  Annie Rush is in the prime of her life or so she thinks.  She is living in LA with her husband as she produces a popular cooking show and he is the host.  When one morning takes a turn her life will completely change.

There are almost two story lines with the same main character in this book.  There is the current storyline where Annie is living after an accident and having to decide in what direction she wants her life to go.  The other storyline is her past and she goes back to high school and intermittently catches the reader up on the decisions that led her to LA and on the show with her husband.  I loved having two storylines and having the chapters alternate.  The author easily delineate which chapter is the past and which is the present, so there was no confusion!  

I loved that this book explores that it doesn't matter how old you are you can change the direction of your life.  There are a few characters who initiate their own life changes and Annie's is almost made for her due to the accident.  It was almost an anthem for people to evaluate their circumstances and make a change at any moment in their life and I like when a book gives me a subtle reminder about my own life.

I was already a Susan Wiggs fan before I read this book and am still after reading this one.  Susan Wiggs can write a good cast of characters and put them in just the right plot and lets it unfold in the best way possible.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  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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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I agree, I also really like books that give me subtle reminders or pushes to do things in my own life.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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