Title: Table for Five by Susan Wiggs (narrated by Amy Rubinate)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 7 hours and 4 minutes
Format: Audiobook via Audible
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Rating – 4 stars
Before an estranged couple is killed in an unthinkable tragedy, they designate two guardians for their children–a man and a woman who are essentially strangers and who have nothing in common except their compassion for the couple’s three orphaned children. Thrown into this strange semblance of family, Sean McGuire and Lily Robinson work together to establish some kind of normalcy for the grief-stricken children–and in the process discover the possibilities that make everything seem worthwhile.
I listened to Table for Five by Susan Wiggs on audiobook via Audible. This is the second book I have read by Susan Wiggs, the first being a book I reviewed with TLC Book tours earlier this year, Family Tree. You can check out that review here: Family Tree. A lot of what I liked about that book, I liked about this book as well so I think that I am definitely just a fan of this author’s writing style.
Table for Five is a contemporary fiction novel about Lily, our main character Lily who takes on the responsibility of caring for her best friend’s three children after her best friend and their father are killed in an accident. Their legal guardian is their uncle but since they are familiar with Lily, they decide to take care of them together. It’s about their struggle through their grief and to become a family, and is also a sort of love story.
I really enjoyed this book. I feel like Susan Wiggs is really good at writing cozy stories. There’s just something about her writing that draws you in and makes you feel warm and fuzzy. I felt that way about the last book I read from her as well. This book did have a tragedy at the beginning of it and does deal with the subject of grief but it does end on a ‘feel good’ note that is really satisfying. After reading two books from her and enjoying them, I am confident in saying that I am definitely a Susan Wiggs fan. I am not so much a fan of the cover, although it is an older book. This isn’t something I would normally tend to pick up but knowing that I loved the first book I read by this author, I had to give it a try. I enjoyed listening to it as an audiobook, I thought the narrator did a great job and I never lost focus on the story because of that. It was definitely a positive audiobook experience that I recommend. Four Stars!