Blog Tour Book Review: Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

Family Tree coverAbout Family Tree

• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (August 9, 2016)

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a powerful, emotionally complex story of love, loss, the pain of the past—and the promise of the future.

Sometimes the greatest dream starts with the smallest element. A single cell, joining with another. And then dividing. And just like that, the world changes. Annie Rush knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Los Angeles home they share. And now, she’s pregnant with their first child. But in an instant, her life is shattered. And when Annie awakes from a yearlong coma, she discovers that time isn’t the only thing she’s lost.

Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the people she knew before, the high-school boyfriend turned judge. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm.

Family Tree is the story of one woman’s triumph over betrayal, and how she eventually comes to terms with her past. It is the story of joys unrealized and opportunities regained. Complex, clear-eyed and big-hearted, funny, sad, and wise, it is a novel to cherish and to remember.

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Family Tree by Susan Wiggs. Thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher William Morrow for giving the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

Family Tree is a contemporary fiction novel about a woman who seemingly had it all and loses it in an instant by way of an accident that leaves her in a coma. When she awakes, not only is she different, but her life is completely different as well. She finds herself back in the hometown she left long ago in order to pursue her big dreams and although the circumstances that bring her back are far less than ideal, it becomes a pretty extraordinary second chance for her.

Right off the bat I knew that Family Tree wasn’t my typical read but as always, I am open to reading anythings so I decided to give this book a try. I was hooked almost right away and ended up loving it. I loved the plot itself but there was so much more to this story that really drove it home for me. One of these things was the setting. I have never been to Vermont but after reading this book and the way the author writes about it, I feel as if I’ve been there and it’s a much beloved place. The picture I have in my mind of the setting is stunning. I loved how the setting impacted the characters, it was a really integral part to their lives and how they worked. I thought that was done extremely well. I liked the characters, especially Fletcher. I thought he was really warm and likeable. I thought Annie was also warm and likeable, albeit kind of selfish but I get that she’s just been very driven throughout her entire life so I won’t fault her for that too much.

I am super happy that I gave this book a chance! Let’s get real though, I probably would have read it anyway because there’s a dog on the cover and you know me!

There was really just something special about this book and the way it was written. It just feels cozy and warm when you’re reading it, it is literally the perfect Fall read. If the idea of “comfort food” was a book, it would be this one. It was warm, tragic, beautiful and definitely gave me some feels. This book gets five stars from me! I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a comfy read with a cute romance. Looking forward to reading more from Susan Wiggs.

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Photo by Susan Doupe

Photo by Susan Doupe

About Susan Wiggs

Susan Wiggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the beloved Lakeshore Chronicles series. Her books have been translated into two dozen languages. A Harvard graduate, Susan lives with her husband on an island in Puget Sound.

Find out more about Susan at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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