Annie Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Los Angeles home they share. And now, she’s pregnant with their first child. But in an instant, her life is shattered. And when Annie awakes from a yearlong coma, she discovers that time isn’t the only thing she’s lost.
Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the people she knew before, the high-school boyfriend turned judge. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm.
Family Tree is the story of one woman’s triumph over betrayal, and how she eventually comes to terms with her past. It is the story of joys unrealized and opportunities regained. Complex, clear-eyed and big-hearted, funny, sad, and wise, it is a novel to cherish and to remember.
I didn’t want to tell you anything other than what the publisher’s synopsis already shared and even that I think might be a little too much. This is a book with drama included from the first page and it is best experienced the way Annie lives it – moving from one stunning life changing event to another. When we meet Annie, she is in the middle of an argument with her chef husband / business partner, except it seems she is a little resentful of the fact that they started off partners but he’s become a celebrity while she’s been forced to exist in his shadow – he the star of the show, her having to be content with working behind the scenes. We know it’s not going to go down like that and the pages turn themselves as we explore Annie discovering her pregnancy, then her husband’s infidelity and enduring a traumatic accident in one fell swoop.
The plot is interesting and engaging and the author invites readers into the life of a woman you will admire but not envy for the twists and turns of her life’s story. This was a book I enjoyed reading from the beginning where Annie mentioned phrases she learned from her grandmother and I was ushered into a past where words of wisdom were passed down like family heirlooms. Having her grandmother’s words written down and being able to tap into her thoughts was just icing on the cake .
Family Tree is a dual timeline romance story of a woman who starts off with what looks like a perfect life, has an accident and wakes up from a coma poised to have an even more perfect life. That might sound like a cliche but the novel is expertly written, the characters are a little bit lovable and the wit and trivia that the author weaves into the storyline make it a great read about living out your dreams and second chance romances – there are several couples that qualify in that category and you’ll probably want to root for all of them too.
This book gets 4 well deserved stars
Author: Susan Wiggs
I received a free copy of Family Tree from Harper Collins Publishers in order to complete this review but this was a book I genuinely enjoyed reading and wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t.