Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Keepsake: A Novel by Kristina Riggle....Review & Give Away!
From the critically acclaimed author of Real Life & Liars and Things We Didn't Say comes a timely and provocative novel that asks: What happens when the things we own become more important than the people we love?
Trish isn't perfect. She's divorced and raising two kids—so of course her house isn't pristine. But she's got all the important things right and she's convinced herself that she has it all under control. That is, until the day her youngest son gets hurt and Child Protective Services comes calling. It's at that moment when Trish is forced to consider the one thing she's always hoped wasn't true: that she's living out her mother's life as a compulsive hoarder.
The last person Trish ever wanted to turn to for help is her sister, Mary—meticulous, perfect Mary, whose house is always spotless . . . and who moved away from their mother to live somewhere else, just like Trish's oldest child has. But now, working together to get Trish's disaster of a home into livable shape, two very different sisters are about to uncover more than just piles of junk, as years of secrets, resentments, obsessions, and pain are finally brought into the light.
I could not put this book down. Riggle created characters with a whole lot of depth. Trish is obviously struggling with some emotional issues and I found myself rooting for her, horrified by her and also "getting" her when she couldn't face getting rid of her children's baby things (I SO get that!). On the flip side, I also could relate to the character of Mary and how she had done everything to not repeat the hoarding history in her own life and how repulsed she was by her sister's situation. This book was incredibly interesting, emotional and a study in how your family shapes you but can't define you. This one gets two thumbs up from me! Pick up your copy today....
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