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Review: The Children

May 26, 2016

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!

Review copy provided by St. Martin’s Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2016 4:46 am

    The family dynamics sound complicated (like all families). Sounds good.

  2. May 26, 2016 4:56 am

    Sounds pretty interesting!

  3. May 26, 2016 5:30 am

    This does sound pretty interesting!

  4. May 26, 2016 7:23 am

    One thread left dangling? I feel like that would drive me crazy! Glad you enjoyed this one.

  5. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    May 26, 2016 7:40 am

    I read some Leary years ago (maybe The Good House) and, the more I’ve seen about this one, the more intriguing it is to me! I love some good family dynamics stories!

  6. May 26, 2016 8:05 am

    I’ve got several new novels from the library right now (too many holds arrived at the same time!) and it’s looking like this will be the one I actually read. Definitely sounds like my kind of book!

  7. May 26, 2016 8:20 am

    I love family dramas, so this sounds perfect for me. I have it on my kindle already, so I’m looking forward to finally reading it. Great post!

  8. bookingmama permalink
    May 26, 2016 8:20 am

    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. May 26, 2016 9:06 am

    The only way to read so many of these good books is to do it 24/7. It’s crazy how much good stuff is out there.

  10. May 26, 2016 11:19 am

    I love a book like this and think I’ll use an audible credit.

  11. May 26, 2016 11:43 am

    I also thoroughly enjoyed this book…and wanted to strangle one or two of the characters! lol.

    A good sign that the characters are fleshed out and real, right? Thanks for sharing.

  12. May 26, 2016 3:07 pm

    Kathy, this sounds like my kind of book as well. Excellent review!

  13. May 26, 2016 3:43 pm

    This sounds so good! I love a good family drama.

  14. Patty permalink
    May 26, 2016 4:08 pm

    It sounds really good!

  15. May 26, 2016 5:24 pm

    Her previous novel was so entertaining on audio, I think I’ll go that route with this one. Glad to know it’s a winner!

  16. May 26, 2016 7:39 pm

    I am looking forward to this one.

  17. May 27, 2016 9:07 am

    This book is new to me. Sounds good.

  18. Beth F permalink
    May 28, 2016 7:34 am

    Oh this sounds good to me too — I like a good family-based story.

  19. May 30, 2016 10:19 am

    Sounds great! I will have to look for it at the library!

  20. jeanne mckenzie permalink
    June 1, 2016 5:10 pm

    I am reading this now. Very good book.

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