Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly by Marie Bostwick
Publication May 30, 2023
Genre: Womens Fiction
Taken from Goodreads: From the author of The Restoration of Celia Fairchild, comes a novel about the meaning of family and the places we call home. If you love "southern summer" fiction authors like Mary Alice Monroe and Kristy Woodson Harvey you'll love this delicious novel about family, friendship, and finding your true path in life.
Esme Cahill thinks she has failed spectacularly: fired from her New York City publishing job, divorced from her husband, and possessing little more than a broken-down car and a pile of unfinished manuscripts, she drives home to Asheville at the request of her late grandmother, Adele, who had begged her, just before she died, to return to the place she grew up.
There she discovers the once-charming lakeside retreat run by her family is sliding toward financial ruin, so with the help of her grandfather, George; estranged mother, Robyn; and a travelling chef Dawes (maker of the world's best grilled cheese sandwich) they set to work. In the attic, Esme unearths a trove of museum-worthy art quilts, sewn by Adele. Piecing together the inspiration behind them, Esme discovers a forgotten chapter in her family history and her grandmother's untold story, that of a gifted artist who never received her due.
This is an always-emotional, sometimes humorous, very human novel of what it means to be family--the ties that bind us together and the unintentional hurts that can rend us apart. And, along the way, Esme learns that failure can be the first step toward the life you're meant to find.
My Thoughts: Nothing has worked as Esme had hoped, so she heads back to her family lakeside retreat. There she finds a mother that she is not close to, a grandfather who is struggling, and the retreat that has fallen into disrepair. She sets herself up to stay for the summer and get everything back in running order. Of course, things do not go as planned and surprises happen.
I really enjoyed this book. Esme is not a poor me character, she is a character that works hard for what she has and is not afraid to go for what she wants. I enjoyed watching her work through her life and figure out what was important. The choices she made were not always easy and often caused her extra work, but they were the choices that she felt good about, most often they were the right choices. I liked the fact that as the story went on, her life seemed to come together and not always as she thought it would.
Esme Cahill Hails Spectacularly is a fun book. I read it pretty quick and enjoyed each page.
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Meet Marie Bostwick (taken from her website): Marie Bostwick is a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller of heartwarming fiction for women. Published in 2005 by Kensington Books, Fields of Gold, her first novel, was a finalist for the prestigious Oklahoma Book Award. River’s Edge won the Golden Quill Award, was a finalist for a National Readers’ Choice Award, and an alternate selection of the Literary Guild. Her novellas, A High-Kicking Christmas and The Presents of Angels, included, respectively, in the holiday anthologies Comfort and Joy and Snow Angels, appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her novels The Second Sister and Between Heaven and Texas were both USA Today bestsellers. A film adaptation of her book The Second Sister, “Christmas Everlasting,” debuted on the Hallmark Channel as a Hallmark Hall of Fame feature in November 2018, starring Patti LaBelle. Drawing on her lifelong love of quilting and themes of special relevance to modern women, Marie’s Cobbled Court Quilt series has gained a dedicated following among quilters as well as those who’ve never threaded a needle. The first book in the series, A Single Thread (2008) is now in its eighteenth printing. That book, as well the third book in the series, A Thread So Thin, were included in Reader’s Digest Select Editions. A Thread of Truth (2009) was named an “Indie Next Notable” book by the members of the Independent Bookseller’s Association. In 2014, Marie was recognized for Career Achievement in Mainstream Novels award by RT BOOK Reviews Magazine. Marie’s most recent novel, Hope on the Inside, was published in March 2019 and has been chosen for a Reader’s Digest “Select Editions” book. Marie’s latest endeavor is Fiercely Marie, a lifestyle blog that encourages women to live every minute and love every moment. She is currently working on her next novel, The Restoration of Celia Fairchild, which will be published by William Morrow in the spring of 2021. Marie lives in Oregon with Brad, her husband of thirty-seven years. When not writing, she enjoys quilting, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Marie travels extensively, speaking at libraries, bookstores, quilt guilds, and at quilt shows