How are your summer reading lists coming along????
Thanks to vacation, I’m plowing through mine, and today I’m sharing the first book I read while I was away.
This novel follows the Cousins and Keating families who are linked forever after a surprise romantic encounter at Franny Keating’s baptism. From there, we flash back and forth in time to follow the Cousins and Keating children and learn how that one encounter changed the life path of both the parents and children.
This book has been on my list of books to read since it came out. I heard so many wonderful things about it from friends, read countless glowing reviews and was excited to finally start reading it. I had incredibly high expectations, but it unfortunately fell flat for me. Early on, the way the story was told was really confusing, mostly because there were so many main characters and I couldn’t get them all straight. At one point, I was even tempted to create a flow chart with names and family relations just so I could keep everyone and their backstories straight. While I think this story was unique, I was constantly waiting for something dynamic and impactful to happen, but never got that payoff. To me, all of the characters (except Franny’s dad) were unlikable, which also made it difficult for me to really get in to. I know my feelings about this book are different from about 90% of the people who have read it, and I really wanted to like it, but unfortunately I just couldn’t do it.
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read this year as part of my reading challenge, you can find my reviews here:
Bridges by Maria Murnane
A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
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