Review by Charlotte Lynn
On the way to teach her Harvard class, Eloise Hempel finds out that her sister and her husband have been killed in a tragic accident. Eloise’s sister has left her as guardian of her three young children. This causes her to return to Cincinnati to raise Theo, Josh, and Claire. She moves into her mother’s house. Her mother leaves, and Eloise goes about the raising and the upkeep of an ancient house.
Now that the youngest, Claire, has moved out and onto her ballet career in New York, Eloise decides it is time to move on and sell the house. But her mother and the children make this very difficult for Eloise.
Every character is dealing with an issue. Josh the quitting of a successful band and his ex-girlfriend. Theo really wants the house and has a crush on an already taken guy. Eloise wants to live her own life.
I really felt like I was just reading a story. At no point did I get sucked in and feel as if I was part of the story. The potential was there and there were times that I felt close. It seemed to be superficial, immature, and unfortunately lacking a great plot.
I will say I did like Heather, Eloise’s “friend.” She seemed to understand that Eloise needed to be forced to make changes and how the changes would work in their relationship.
Overall, I cannot recommend this book, but have heard great things about Leah Stewart’s previous book and look forward to reading it.
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