siblings return to their childhood home and face a family secret that forces them to reexamine their relationships to each other—and to the aunt who took them in as children.
Eloise Hempel is on her way to teach a class at Harvard when she receives devastating news. Her sister and her husband have been killed in a tragic accident, and Eloise must return home to Cincinnati to take her sister’s three children, Theodora, Josh, and Claire, out of the hands of her own incapable mother. She moves back into her mother’s ancient house and, after her mother leaves, pours her own money into its upkeep.
Nearly two decades later, Eloise is still in that house, still thinking about what she left behind. With Claire leaving for New York City for a promising ballet career, Eloise has plans to finally embark on a life that’s hers alone. But when her mother makes a competition out of who inherits the house, and Claire reveals a life-changing secret, their makeshift family begins to fall apart.
A “perceptive writer with a keen grasp of contemporary culture and domestic life” (Booklist), Leah Stewart creates a deeply moving story of love, loss, sibling relationships, and the paths not taken.
This became boring after 30 pages. The prologue was good and then it was just a middle aged woman whining about an old house. I'm sorry, but I am abandoning this one.
That's my problem with adult books in general...they tend to be boring. "Young adult" books are entertaining. They have intrigue and all the great things you want in a book. I hate the term "young adult books" because it makes it seem like only teenagers could enjoy them. I am sure I will attempt another adult book, but it will not be this one and it will not be today.