Published by St. Martin's Press on January 31st 2017
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Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch…until she commits suicide, leaving her husband Brady and teenage daughter Eve heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives? How they can possibly continue without her? As they sift through details of her last days, trying to understand the woman they thought they knew, Brady and Eve are forced to come to terms with unsettling truths.
Maddy, however, isn’t ready to leave her family forever. Watching from beyond, she tries to find the perfect replacement for herself. Along comes Rory: pretty, caring, and spontaneous, with just the right bit of edge…but who also harbors a tragedy of her own. Will the mystery of Maddy ever come to rest? And can her family make peace with their history and begin to heal?
I enjoyed this book but I wasn’t bowled over by it which it seems a lot of people were. I enjoyed the concept of Maddy being able to look over her family after she passes away to try and help them through their grieving process. I think we all like to believe that our loved ones who passed are still able to watch us and have influence on our decisions. I also think a lot of people can relate to the dynamic of this family. The mom was the caretaker, while the father worked to support his family so when the mother is no longer there the father struggles to maintain a good relationship with his daughter. Overall this book was a good read and definitely worth putting on your TBR list.
I actually really liked that the author didn’t take the obvious course of having Rory & Brady end up together. Everyone got their happy ending but it wasn’t the predictable one that it seemed the book was heading towards. I also didn’t see the twist of how Maddy actually died coming so kudos for that. I am not 100% sure I like the story of how she actually died and the part Eve’s friend had to play in it. I do like that her death was an accident over a suicide but not all the way on board of the actual way things happened.
“Practice love, compassion and forgiveness. Anger is nothing but an anchor that keeps you from moving forward.”
“You don’t always get to know what happened, or why things happened a certain way, but it always, always, goes deeper than any one thing.”
“Keep in mind that if you never answer the door, people will stop knocking.”