Three grown Southern sisters have ten marriages between them—and more loom on the horizon—when Ginger, the eldest, wonders if she’s the only one who hasn’t inherited what their family calls “the Grandma Gene”: the tendency to like the casualness of courtship better than the intimacy of marriage. Could it be that her two sisters are fated to serially marry, just like their seven-times wed grandmother, Mrs. Lillian Irene Harper Winslow Goldstein Carey James Bobrinski Gordon George? It takes a “girls only” weekend, closing up Grandma’s treasured beach house for the last time, for the sisters to really unpack their family baggage, examine their relationship DNA, and discover the true legacy their much-marrying grandmother left behind .
These three sisters may be packing up their grandmother’s life but they are unpacking all of their past sorrows and present baggage. This book tackles uncomfortable issues such as divorce, adultery, infidelity, abortion and suicide. This is not the book to pick up and relax with; instead it is a book for any woman who has struggled with her past, her relationships, or her future.
The family dynamic of this book is foreign to me, but it was for that reason that I couldn’t look away and had to dig deeper to the core. Unconventional or dysfunctional, however you choose to classify them, this is a family that has passed through numerous fires and is still learning how to survive. As I started to put clues together I realized what was coming for each sister and I desperately hoped I was wrong; in the end, my suspicions were confirmed and then the real drama unfolded. This story leads the reader on a progressive journey with each sister: from sympathizing with one sister to siding against another and then crying with them all.
Each chapter is told from three separate points of view and they each had their own voice independent from their sisters’ stories. Penny may have said something in a chapter told from Ginger’s point of view that would infuriate me, but then I would turn the page and suddenly be plunged into Penny’s subconscious and begin to understand why she said it. This is a realistic book that leaves some messy ends unresolved, but life is messy and everything can’t be tied up in a pretty bow. This lends legitimacy to Angela’s characters because, in reality, these issues take years to sort through, not one weekend trip. For these middle-aged sisters, this is just the beginning of the rest of their lives.
**Thank you to Glass Road PR for providing the review copy