Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book Review - Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

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Review by Suze
 
Annie produces her husband's cooking show. She's very good at her job, but her first choice would have been hosting the show together with him. Annie is happy with her life and her marriage though, especially when she finds out she's pregnant. Then something awful happens to her that will change her life forever. Annie is in a coma and after many months her prospects look grim.
 
 When against all odds Annie wakes up from her coma after all she's missed an entire year of her life and nothing is the way it used to be anymore. After rehab she has to go back to her family's maple farm and childhood home. Being back where she grew up is strange for Annie at first. Remembering the happy times and mending the friendship with an old flame, her first love Fletcher, help her to get over the grief of what she's lost. Annie's passion for food is still there and being around people who love her will make her feel better eventually. Will Annie be able to find happiness again or has one terrible day ruined her entire life?
 
Family Tree is a beautiful story about a woman who hasn't had much luck in life. Annie is kindhearted and talented. She's smart and passionate and I loved her character immediately. She's strong and determined to get better and that's what helps her to have a chance at a new start. It was interesting to witness this process. Some of the things that happened to Annie are heartbreaking and brought tears to my eyes. I loved reading about the good and the bad parts of her life. The bad because they made her stronger and the good because they made her happy. Annie loved her grandmother dearly and she's her biggest example. I enjoyed reading about their shared passion for food. Annie's personality is versatile and I liked that very much about her. She's a great main character and I loved reading about her.
 
Annie and Fletcher have a history and they used to be the one for each other, but life happened and they lost their chance at a future together twice. Fletcher has made something of himself and will never leave his hometown, he loves where he is and that's where he belongs. When Annie's back he sees it as a chance to spend some time with her. Especially after everything she's been through she can use his support. He's a special man with a good heart. He's made some big mistakes and I couldn't wait to find out if he would be able to make things right again.
 
What I loved most about this book is the descriptions of food. Susan Wiggs delicious writing made my mouth water. She creates a vivid world filled with taste and feelings. Everything is linked together and I liked the effect of it. She's written a great story that has a wonderful flow that makes her readers go through plenty of different emotional stages. She's taken some liberties with how realistic her story is, but I didn't mind that at all. I loved Annie's spark and her zest for life. Family Tree is a delicious book bursting with love. 

6 comments:

  1. Susan Wiggs is an amazing author. I've read her books and I loved them. I can't wait to read this one as well.

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  2. I've heard of Susan Wiggs, but have never read any her books. This one sounds like a touching story that I would be interested in.

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  3. Sounds like a great story. I've heard amazing things about Susan Wiggs so I really need to read one of her books. Loved your review!

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  4. I have this book on my wish-read list,looking forward to read :)
    Thanks for the lovely review Suze :)

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  5. Right away, I'll concede that my reaction to this book/review is no doubt influenced by the protagonist's name-- it's the same as mine. (Family and close friends call me Annie.) That's probably a big reason why I can easily "see myself" in this Annie, and in her story.

    I wonder what it might be like to read this book; it does look like a very good read. Annie appears to have quite a bit more determination and resilience than I have had lately, and perhaps there are some lessons or insights to be gained from her journey.

    --Ann

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  6. It's great when a writer can evoke such emotions.

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