Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Family inheritance by Terri Ann Leidich

Source: ARC
Genre: Woman's Fiction
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books (BQB)
Date published: October 1, 2014
Number of pages: T.B.D.
I received an ebook ARC of this book through NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any form for my opinions, or the review.

Called to the bedside of their dying mother, three sisters reluctantly return to their childhood home in northern Minnesota. What should be a reunion of love and warmth is tainted by the ghosts of their childhood; their parents' farm is a place of painful memories. With their mother slipping into a coma, Helene leaves behind a shell of a marriage in Atlanta--her country club lifestyle not at all what it seems. Alice has finally fled an abusive husband but is afraid her failing courage will put her children in danger. Waking up beside yet another stranger, Suzanne can no longer deny how an alcohol addiction may destroy everything she's worked for--an addiction that barely masks the terrible wounds on her soul. They may have escaped the farm, but Helene, Alice, and Suzanne find they are still perpetuating a cycle of pain, abuse, alcoholism, anger, fear, and bitterness. Seeing themselves through each other's eyes, the sisters are forced to confront their demons as their mother lies dying.  (from Goodreads)

Family inheritance was a sad, yet very interesting read that I am glad I got an opportunity to receive for review.  It is imperfectly, heart wrenching, and make you have all different kinds of feels that you don't even know what emotion you are feeling by the end of it.

With the strong subject of incest and abuse, this is probably one of my toughest reads.  The story around the abuse is real, and is not danced around in the slightest.  The author took the topic and didn't elude to anything, which I think is what made the story even more emotional.

The lack of family bond, and the hatred between family members is realistic and understandable.  Nothing in the story made me think "Oh, we're trying to wrap it up now." The story flowed easily, and none of the characters or plot points felt forced. 

Alice, Helene, and Suzanne all developed into such strong characters and their children were so interesting and a very intricate part of the story.  I enjoyed Bill, Helene's husband the most of all the side characters.  His character, along with Alice's showed the most growth and truly became better people. That was wonderful and refreshing see.

This woman's fiction is not one to be missed. While there isn't much romance, it's got a very fall and impactful story to tell.  It was great, and I look forward to seeing what else the author writes.

4 out of 5 Happy Clouds :)


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