Author: Marian Keyes
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
Publication Date: June 30, 2020
Book Description: They’re a glamorous family, the Caseys. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together–birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they’re a happy family. Johnny’s wife, Jessie–who has the most money–insists on it.
Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much . . .
Still, everything manages to stay under control–that is, until Ed’s wife, Cara, gets a concussion and can’t keep her thoughts or opinions to herself. One careless remark at Johnny’s birthday party, with the entire family present, and Cara starts spilling all their secrets.
As everything unravels, each of the adults finds themselves wondering if it’s–finally–the time to grow up.
Rating: 3 Stars
Review: The genre the publisher is placing this is a Romance, but I found this to be a much more. In fact, I would say this is more of a complicated families story, more than anything.
The book is about the Casey Brothers and their respective families. Johnny and Jessie and their blended family, Ed and Cara and their two son’s and, Liam and Nell who are just dating when we meet them.
We meet them at a family gathering, which will be the first of many times this family gets together throughout this book. An incident occurs, it leaves these couples in a much reflective state.
This sounds like a great setup, however this book comes in at over 600 pages and it is just way to long. This story could have told in half the time. The timelines were all over the place, and made it difficult to follow at times. The storylines for each couple kept me going, but somehow the meshing was just ok.
If you are fans of Marian Keyes, I am not sure this is her best work, but it will keep you entertained for the most part for a long time. If you have not read Marian Keyes before, you probably do not want to start with this one.
Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.