Review: Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

For readers of Kristin Hannah and Jodi Picoult comes a powerful, emotionally complex story of love, loss, the pain of the past—and the promise of the future.

Family Tree

Susan Wiggs

368 Pages

William Morrow

August 9th 2016

Family Tree Cover

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 Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Manhattan 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 year-long 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 ex-cop. 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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 My Thoughts

*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

I loved Family Tree by Susan Wiggs! So, so much. It’s very much a story about a woman who lost sight of herself, her dreams, without quiet realizing how it happened and then she suffers an accident and she’s forced to learn how to adapt and build a new life for herself and to reevaluate everything she thought she knew before. It’s a story about strength and hope, though there is also plenty of loss, and how deeply embedded our roots and our memories truly are.

An amazing story that I couldn’t put down, Family Tree is everything I didn’t know I wanted. Compelling, engaging, beautiful, and impossible to forget. Annie and Fletcher were two well-crafted, extremely dynamic characters who I loved getting to know, and their romance is deeply ingrained in them both and in the town of Switchback, Vermont.

Sometimes in life we take a lot of wrong turns, head down a lot of paths that weren’t quite ours to travel, and Annie comes to understand that lesson here. And it’s through her eyes that I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love in this book. She’s a truly remarkable heroine and her story is heartbreaking, moving, and absolutely beautiful.

Love, love, love!

 Final Analysis

*A Must Read Book!*

5 *Worthy of the Keeper Shelf” Stars

 Okie Dreams Top Pick

 


About The Author

Susan Wiggs’s life is all about family, friends…and fiction. She’s been featured in the national media, including NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and is a popular speaker locally and nationally.

From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people. At the age of eight, she self-published her first novel, entitled “A Book About Some Bad Kids.”

Today, she is an international best-selling, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries. Her recent novel, Marrying Daisy Bellamy, took the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and The Lakeshore Chronicles have won readers’ hearts around the globe. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature.

She lives with her husband and family at the water’s edge on an island in the Pacific Northwest, where she divides her time between sleeping and waking.

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