By Amanda Eyre Ward
5 out of 5 stars
I have read every single one of Amanda Eyre Ward’s books and have loved them all. Again, I have fallen in love. The very dysfunctional Perkins family has gathered together for a cruise in Europe that the matriarch Charlotte has won. She hopes that it will be a means of getting her family all together and around her more. Charlotte is a rather distant type of person. She longs for love and joy again, apart from her chardonnay and Triscuits and cheese, yet she was raised to not really show emotion. Lee is an actress with no job and carries a big family secret on her shoulders. Cord is gay and has not come out to his family. Regan is unhappily married. Against the backdrop of Europe, so beautifully described in the book, can they find some kind of peace and family relationship?
I love how this was not all tied up in a nice little bow. It was messy and chaotic and loving and sad. It was exactly what a family is. A few times I wanted to shake a few of them and that to me is the perfect book, I become so involved in these fictional characters that they become very real to me. Amanda Eyre Ward does that to me every time.
If you have never read Amanda Eyre Ward (firstly, what is wrong with you?), you would not go wrong to read this gem. It comes out March 3.
Thanks to Netgalley and Ballantine Books for a copy of this wonderful book for my reading enjoyment.