Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 18, 2016)
A poignant breakout novel, for fans of J. Courtney Sullivan and Elin Hilderbrand, about a single mother who inherits a beautiful beach house with a caveat—she must take care of the ornery elderly woman who lives in it.
For years, Maggie Sheets has been an invisible hand in the glittering homes of wealthy New York City clients, scrubbing, dusting, mopping, and doing all she can to keep her head above water as a single mother. Everything changes when a former employer dies leaving Maggie a staggering inheritance. A house in Sag Harbor. The catch? It comes with an inhabitant: The deceased’s eighty-two-year-old mother Edith.
Edith has Alzheimer’s—or so the doctors tell her—but she remembers exactly how her daughter Liza could light up a room, or bring dark clouds in her wake. And now Liza’s gone, by her own hand, and Edith has been left—like a chaise or strand of pearls—to a poorly dressed young woman with a toddler in tow.
Maggie and Edith are both certain this arrangement will be an utter disaster. But as summer days wane, a tenuous bond forms, and Edith, who feels the urgency of her diagnosis, shares a secret that she’s held close for five decades, launching Maggie on a mission that might just lead them each to what they are looking for.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read from the very beginning, it grabbed my attention and did not let go. Though the story is sorrowful it is also uplifting and funny. After Liza killed herself Maggie took a chance with her own life moving with her two-year-old daughter Lucy for a fresh start even though it includes taking care of Edith who has Alzheimer's. This is a quick read however it still contains a deepness to it. Such as, both Maggie and Edith had to engage in dealing with hard decisions, taking chances with unknown outcomes yet, both of them were surprised by such positive conclusions at the ventures they took. In addition, a deep bond was formed between the character's, creating a much-needed misfit family.
Everything had gone well until Edith had walked into the store. It was her own fault, she knew-she had been feeling far too smug about her successful drive, so the Alzheimer’s was showing her who was boss. Instead of gathering her ingredients, now she was hiding in the cookie and cracker aisle, attempting to collect herself for the drive home.
This book is full of surprises. It is a beautiful story that I am sure that many will love. Zoe Fishman did a great job creating an inspiring and flawless plot touching both on the character's past and present lives. Therefore, each character had a journey to undergo and I was delighted to go along on it with them.
“Mommy, no singing,” Lucy said, cutting her off. Sadly, it seemed that Lucy had finally realized that Maggie did not have the voice of an angel, but rather the voice of a thirty-seven-year-old former smoker who could not hold a tune.
Zoe Fishman is the author of Driving Lessons, Saving Ruth, and Balancing Acts. Her books have been translated into German, Italian, Dutch and Polish. She’s the recipient of many awards, including Target’s Breakout and Emerging Author Picks, a New York Post Pick, and has been featured on NBC’s “Atlanta & Co.” as well as in Publishers Weekly and The Huffington Post. She is currently at work on her next novel, as well as teaching writing at The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Zoe lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.
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