Review: The Children
When Joan’s second husband Whit passes away, he makes provisions for her to stay in his old family home until she dies. At that time, it will go to his sons from his first marriage. Joan and her daughter Charlotte live in the home and stay in close contact with Whit’s sons, Perry and Spin. Joan’s daughter Sally comes home around the same time Spin shows up with Laurel, the woman he plans to marry and things begin to unravel.
I don’t want to say too much about The Children by Ann Leary because it’s best to discover the Whitman family dynamics yourself. Whit was a kind, gentle man who treasured his family. They loved him in return and, on the surface, they all get along great. Laurel’s interference reveals some cracks in the facade, though, and readers discover just what makes this family tick.
I loved the family dynamics in The Children! It’s told from Charlotte’s point of view and she gives plenty of back story to give readers a full overview of the family, and what a family it is! There’s drama, tension, and even a little mystery. There was one little thread left dangling that I would have liked to have been resolved but that didn’t keep me from loving this book! Pick it up if you enjoy smart, fast-paced, and engaging family dramas!