I have a love/hate relationship with Kristin Hannah. Or, rather, her books. I’ve read them all and some, more than half, I absolutely love. I think we, whether subconsciously or not, look for the character that we can most identify with in every book.
Here, we have the SeDaris family, who carry on the family restaurant business after the loss of their beloved patriarch. The youngest of 3 daughters, Angie is going through a divorce, and has returned to home to be with her mother and sisters.
Lauren Ribildo lives in the same small town but with a thieving, lying drunk for a mother.
Angie and Lauren become good friends, as Angie fills in the place of a mother and Lauren becomes the child Angie was unable to have.
This story is heart-rendering, the characters are strong and it’s easy to get caught up in relationships. It’s not a perfect story, there’s something that Lauren does that thoroughly angers me. I may be too hard on her though because she is the one I can most identify with and Angie reminds me of my oldest sister.
It’s a great book and one I’m quite comfortable recommending.