Arc Review: Eden by Jeanne Blasberg

Becca Meister Fitzpatrick–wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community–is the dutiful steward of her family’s iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter’s boldness in the face of impending single-motherhood, and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago: the existence of a daughter she gave up fifty years ago. The question now is how her other daughter, Rachel–with whom Becca has always had a strained relationship–will react.
Eden is the account of the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, as Becca prepares to disclose her secret and her son and brothers conspire to put the estate on the market, interwoven with the century-old history of Becca’s family–her parents’ beginnings and ascent into affluence, and her mother’s own secret struggles in the grand home her father named “Eden.”

 

Overall, I thought it was a fairly good read. I couldn’t get attached to any of the characters, and I found some of the coincidences unlikely (I know that a lot of women go through unwanted pregnancies, but three generations of women in the same family going through the same thing?). The writing was at times tedious but overall it was not difficult to get through, and told a good story. Recommended if you like slow-moving inter-generational stories about families and the generation gap.

Rating:3.5/5

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