Author: Amy Jo Burns
Publisher: Celadon Books
Genre: Literary Fiction
Oh my heart. Who knew I would be absolutely smitten and totally immersed reading about a family of roofers!? The Joseph family was so intriguing and mysterious, I couldn’t stop reading about them. Many will call this a family drama, but while I think it is, it’s a very quiet style of drama. There is a lot going on in this family, but not necessarily a lot being said. It’s a complex character study of a very dysfunctional family.
Our story begins in 1990 in a western Pennsylvania river valley town of Mercury. There’s a new girl in town, Marley, raised by a single mother who moves a lot; she’s a loner desperate for friends and a family. On the very first day in town, she meets the three Joseph brothers. Not long after she is a young wife to one and a mother to be. Eventually, she becomes a mother like figure to all the boys as they lose their own mother. Years later a call to the town church for a roof leak opens old wounds and a web of secrets.
This story asks the question: Do you want things how they’ve always been or is it possible you can build something even better?
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I absolutely loved this one. This is a book I wanted to binge and devour, but I took my time with the story because I loved it so much. Marley is a force to be reckoned with. This one is coming out Jan. 2nd and is sure to kick off the new year with a bang. Thank you to @celadonbooks for the #gifted arc and having me apart of the read along program. #celadonreadstogether#mercurybook
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