Friday, August 2, 2019

Review for Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

Paperback, 448 pages
Expected publication: August 6th 2019 by Berkley Books

From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin.

Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn’t protect her from life’s cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve’s young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son.

When Emma’s own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother’s doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her–until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back…but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley.

So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?

My Thoughts…

I was looking for a fun, family story when this book appeared in my mailbox.    Life and Other Inconveniences was just what I was looking to read.    There are lessons to be learned while reading the book but it was an easy read.   I didn’t have to think too hard, it was easy to follow, and I truly enjoyed the characters.    

The characters weren’t all likable but that just added more realism to the story.    Emma and Riley had a wonderful mother/daughter relationship.   Genevieve was interesting with her privileged lifestyle but that unhappiness in her past was just too much for her to get over.     The other characters in the book pulled the story together perfectly adding drama, fun, and love to the story of a granddaughter and grandmother trying to reconnect while keeping a great-granddaughter happy.  

The the storyline was not always easy, there is dementia, childhood abandonment, teenage pregnancy, but it was always truthful.   Kristan Higgins didn’t hide the facts or keep things nice and pretty.   She showed how life doesn’t always smell like roses.   There are tough decisions to be made, rough happenings in life, and things just don’t always go the way you planned.    

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