Saturday, August 13, 2016

Family Tree by Susan Wiggs

Title: Family Tree: A Novel
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit
Format: Hardcover; 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (August 9, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0062425439
ISBN-13: 978-0062425430
Author's Website:
Notes: I received an ARC of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Annie Rush was living the dream until one fateful day, it turned into a nightmare. On what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, she'd just learned she was pregnant, she walked in on her husband with another woman. Moments later she was struck on the head by some faulty equipment and fell into a coma. She awoke a year later to find herself divorced sporting a new short hairstyle, childless, and with little to no memory of her marriage.

"Memories are strange things, aren't they? You can't touch them and hold them in your hands, but they have incredible power. Because I've lost so many memories, I feel as though I've lost that power."

This is Annie's story.
This was a doozy of a story. Annie had everything crashing down on her, literally and figuratively. You could not ask for a much worse day. Then to sleep right through everything to emerge and find out the world as you knew it is gone? I couldn't help but feel for the woman.

In some ways, by making Annie forget so much, it makes it easier for her to accept what happened and move on. I kind of love that she got a chance to view her marriage from the outside looking in and reevaluate all that happened.To see her ex-husband through eyes that weren't clouded by her emotions, in this instance, would be a gift. Plus, not having as much of an emotional attachment to such a man who has done you so wrong would be welcomed. While it would still hurt, it lightened the blow. What I liked most about the situation was seeing Annie come into her own for the second time in her life, and emerging stronger than ever.

I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. A wonderful story about finding oneself in the face of tragic circumstances. Annie's new/old love interest, Fletcher, didn't win me over at first, especially in light of how things had ultimately ended between the two in the past. In my eyes, he truly had to prove himself worthy which he ultimately did. I loved that Annie got her happy ending because she so deserved it, but then don't we all? On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a BLUSH rating--at the beginning stages of romance where something is just starting to be stirred.

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