Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014.
This review does not contain spoilers.
This story is told from the perspective of 3 different family members living in Charleston, South Carolina; Maisy, Liz, and Ashley. First off, I was not sure what to expect when I chose this title. I went into this completely blind, and had never read anything from the author before, but the cover is what caught my eye, even though they say you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover.
At the very beginning of this book, we are introduced to Maisy, who could be described as the eccentric grandmother to Ashley and mother to Liz. She is a window and currently in a relationship with her personal driver Skipper. Secondly, we are introduced to Liz, who is married to Clayton and has two children Ashley and IV (a nickname). Ashley is an aspiring artist working in a gallery, and trying to make ends meat. She is constantly being harassed by her parents to go find a ‘real’ job and make something out of herself. She is a dreamer and fantasizes about being the next Jackie Kennedy and marrying a state senator. Without giving too many details away, we learn about all 3 women and their individual struggles. We find out their dysfunctional secrets and how they go about mending these relationships, and how family is extremely important no matter what the case. Abuse, adultery, and lies are the most stand out themes in this novel. This is not a very action packed novel, but I do not think that would have been necessary for this story. I thought all the characters were very well developed, and I enjoyed reading from Ashley’s perspective the best. Overall, I thought this book was enjoyable to read, but it was nothing to be blown away about.
I gave this book 3 out of 3 stars on Goodreads.