Publication date: March 16, 2021
Page: 416 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆
Strengths: Intricate plot
Weaknesses: A lot of stories - could have been two or three books?
Who doesn't love following a family's whole lineage? This story starts with Vera and Kelly - sisters engaged to be married to two young men they grew up with. Paul is the veterinarian's son - a perfect fit for Kelly, who plans to also become a veterinarian and take over the older doctor's practice. Adam is the mayor's son, a respectable young man from a great family, who's been promised to Vera forever - even when he left town to join the Peace Corps in Africa, a dream Vera planned to follow with him once her mom was taken care of by her younger sister in a few years.
But the best-laid plans...am I right? I thought I was reaching the end of the story when Vera and Kelly got settled the first time, but it was just the beginning. This story followed through to their grandchildren, and almost beyond. The writing was engaging, and I kept wanting to know what would happen next.
Overall, I'd give this book 4 out of 5 stars, and had tears in my eyes at the perfect ending (even if it was a bit abrupt). I'd recommend this for readers who enjoy epic generational stories. It spanned more than 50 years, with the introduction of new younger characters feeling very tied in with those we already knew.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my electronic copy of this book. Receiving the book for free did not influence my review.