by Barbara O'Neal
Publication Date August 10, 2021
Published by Lake Union Publishing
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Genres: City Life, Family Life, Fiction, Siblings, Women
The USA Today bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids returns with a tale of two generations of women reconciling family secrets and past regrets.
Life's beautiful for seventysomething influencer Gloria Rose, in her Upper West Side loft with rooftop garden and scores of Instagram followers--until she gets word that her old flame has been arrested for art theft and forgery, and, knowing her own involvement in his misdeeds decades earlier, decides to flee. But that plan is complicated when the nieces she raised are thrown into crises of their own.
Willow, overshadowed by her notorious singer-songwriter mother, has come home to lick her wounds on the heels of a failed album and yet another disastrous relationship. Sam, prickly and fiercely independent, is on the verge of losing not only her beloved video game company but the man she loves, thanks to her inability to keep her always-simmering anger in check.
With the FBI closing in, Willow's career in shambles, and Sam's tribulations reaching a peak, each of the three woman will have to reckon with and reconcile their interwoven traumas, past loves, and the looming consequences that could either destroy their futures or bring them closer than ever.
What an emotional, intriguing book. An almost perfect blend of drama, angst, heartbreak, and ultimately a very satisfying end.
This story takes place in New York City. The main characters are Gloria, a 70-year-old social media influencer, and her two nieces, Samantha (Sam) a video game builder, and Willow, a musician.
The story starts when Gloria finds out that an old lover has been arrested for art theft and forgery. Gloria decides she must flee as she was involved in some of the crimes many years ago.
Gloria’s niece, Willow, comes back to stay indefinitely, after a failed music album and a devastating breakup with her music producer boyfriend, and Sam, Willow’s sister, has become troubled because of her failing video game business and has lost her best friend. Gloria is conflicted about caring for her nieces and her need to flee.
These three women have to navigate their pasts, present, and future, and together they will have to deal with their relationships with each other and their old friends and lovers.
This book hooked me from the very beginning to the very last page. I liked that each of the main characters told their story from their POV, which seemed to move the story along quickly while giving needed insights into the motivations of each character.
The writing is wonderful, and the emotional ride the author took us on was thrilling. I heartily recommend this book. Five enthusiastic stars! This review is based on NetGalley ARC provided in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.