• Paperback: 320 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 18, 2016)
A poignant breakout novel, for fans of J. Courtney Sullivan and Elin Hilderbrand, about a single mother who inherits a beautiful beach house with a caveat—she must take care of the ornery elderly woman who lives in it.
For years, Maggie Sheets has been an invisible hand in the glittering homes of wealthy New York City clients, scrubbing, dusting, mopping, and doing all she can to keep her head above water as a single mother. Everything changes when a former employer dies leaving Maggie a staggering inheritance. A house in Sag Harbor. The catch? It comes with an inhabitant: The deceased’s eighty-two-year old mother Edith.
Edith has Alzheimer’s—or so the doctors tell her—but she remembers exactly how her daughter Liza could light up a room, or bring dark clouds in her wake. And now Liza’s gone, by her own hand, and Edith has been left—like a chaise or strand of pearls—to a poorly dressed young woman with a toddler in tow.
Maggie and Edith are both certain this arrangement will be an utter disaster. But as summer days wane, a tenuous bond forms, and Edith, who feels the urgency of her diagnosis, shares a secret that she’s held close for five decades, launching Maggie on a mission that might just lead them each to what they are looking for.
Review: I never thought I'd love a book quite the way I did. I've read so many books lately dealing with Alzheimer's. Apparently that's the in disease to write about these days.
That usually makes for some depressing reading, but this wasn't really that way. In fact, at times the story is very uplifting and inspiring.
Maggie inherited a Sag Harbor home but with it comes Edith who was the mother of Liza who committed suicide.
Their relationship is one filled with secrets but also love. Liza was bipolar (another common theme I've been reading about lately). She was a super talented writer too.
As the story goes on you really find yourself immersed in Edith's life. She may be a bit of a pill, but you can't help but love her. She's lost her daughter and she's dealing with a disease that will take her mind.
I liked how Edith's secret helps Maggie with a decision she has to make regarding her daughter's father.
The end of the book ifs full of drama, but the good kind that leaves you feeling good about everyone.
I really immersed myself in this book and didn't want it to end.
Rating: 5 flowers
Zoe Fishman is the author of Driving Lessons, Saving Ruth, and Balancing Acts. Her books have been translated into German, Italian, Dutch and Polish. She’s the recipient of many awards, including Target’s Breakout and Emerging Author Picks, a New York Post Pick, and has been featured on NBC’s “Atlanta & Co.” as well as in Publishers Weekly and The Huffington Post. She is currently at work on her next novel, as well as teaching writing at The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Zoe lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.
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