My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Family Inheritance by Terri Ann Leidich is a tale that deals with a lot of heart-wrenching emotions - revolving around emotional betrayal, abuse, adultery and rape. The book talks about how one grows beyond the scars that life leaves on them. On learning that their mom is about to meet her end, three sisters journey back to their childhood to be by their mother's side. The three have grown away from each other and have also deliberately maintained islanded lives, tyring to forget their pasts. The three had undergone a very emotionally challenging and abusive time as children. Added to this, all three of them have been unfortunately assigned to unhappy present-day lives as well. They realise that the only way to gain strength to face their present and the future is to not run away from the past, but to face it, acknowledge and forgive the players in their pasts.
This is a very moving book, not meant for casual reading at all. The reader is made to empathise with, and feel the pain that the characters deal with in the book. The narration is done well. Although the situation is made out to be very grim and the author handles it well, the only aspect that the reader wishes is that there seems a stereotype that the author could have avoided. For instance, the third sister faces weight issues and there are many mentions of the adjective that the author uses to describe her body size. The other two sisters also face emotional challenges. While the first sister is married to an adulterous man, the second one is made to be an alcoholic and herself. The author narrates how the turn of events seem a result of the emotional conditions of the sisters, impacted by their pasts. The characters draw one into them.
I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of books dealing with family dramas and social issues.
My rating for this book: 4 stars
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