Family Tree by Susan Wiggs
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 Harlow 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.
This was my first Wiggs book and I absolutely loved it!
I can’t even imagine going through what Annie did. I love the way the author wrote her character, I love the story, and I love all the family members and other characters.
The book flows smoothly with no slow parts or repetitiveness, and there aren’t to many characters to keep track of. I love the small town feel of the book and I could imagine being there in the midst of everything. I learned a bit about life on a maple farm and enjoyed the relationships Annie had with her family, Fletcher, and especially her grandmother.
Even though there is a tragedy at the beginning of the book (a few actually), the book is truly a feel good book that will stay with me for a while.
I wish I hadn’t waited so long to try this author, and I want to thank TLC and the author for allowing me to join the book tour. I can’t wait to read more from 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.