Wow! What a beautiful, tragic book!
The Guest Book is a story of a family, the Milton family, and their public successes, as well as private struggles. Ogden and Kitty buy Crocket’s island to help them move past a family tragedy, and each year, future generations return to the island for the summer. The island has a unique meaning to each of Ogden and Kitty’s children, and their grandchildren after that. Throughout, the Milton family is viewed as a well to do, stalwart family. However, to keep this view publicly, many secrets are kept hidden, even from other family members.
This story that is told through 3 generations of a family, switching generations by chapter. The tragic opening hooks you, and the beautiful, descriptive language along with the story line keep you eagerly reading to find out the next puzzle piece. I cannot say enough about the beautiful writing! I was truly loving the detailed descriptions, metaphors, similes, and other figurative language throughout. The author also had many meaningful themes that wound through the chapters and generations, what an artist! At first, it is tough to keep the characters and generations straight as you’re getting started, especially since the same names are used for family members in different generations. Because of the detailed descriptions, I did have to read this book at a slower pace than I normally read. However, it was lovely and I really enjoyed it!
The Guest Book is a truly marvelous work, and I highly recommend this novel. It comes out May 7th.....seriously. Read. This. Book! #ReadTheGuestBook #FlatIronBooks
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