Thanks Carole for the loan of your meme.

” ‘Books from the Backlog’ is a fun way to feature some of the neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.”

“This week’s neglected book…” is one I purchased after reading a review by a fellow blogger the year it was published, 2019. I promptly ordered it through Amazon, then just as promptly put it on my TBR shelf. I used it sometime in the recent past for my “First Line Fridays” post, but never got beyond that first line until this past week. In an effort to read 22 books from my TBR shelves in 2022, I started Life and am now on page 164. (Use the search box to see the First Line Friday post that grabbed my attention after reading only the first line)

The novel deals with a middle aged woman, Emma, and her sixteen-year-old daughter, who are told out of the blue that Emma’s mother, Genevieve, who threw Emma out of her house as a pregnant teenager. Genevieve announces that she has a brain tumor and is dying; she insists that Emma and Riley, her daughter come and spend the summer taking care of her in her “last days.” As the story unfolds, several subplots unfold, twisting and turning, and the reader is aware that Genevieve is “keeping secrets” and that Emma is still dealing with feelings for Riley’s father, who is married to a super-model and has two sons that Riley wishes to get to know.

Families are complicated things, and this one is very much so.

I have read Kristin Higgins before, and have enjoyed her light, breezy writing style. This book is definitely a calming, “comfort read.”

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Would you recommend it to me and to others?



Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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