Review: Family Tree
Family Tree is a lighter, girlier book than I usually go for, but I’m glad I picked this one up! There were a lot of feelings and relationships that were deep and well developed, and I really fell in love with the main character and wanted her to succeed.
The story is about Annie, a producer of a popular cooking show in Los Angeles, who gets in an accident at the studio and misses a year of her life, stuck in a coma. When she wakes up, she finds herself divorced and without a job. She’s at a facility back in her home state of Vermont, and needs to recover both physically and mentally from her year asleep.
The setting for this book is an amazing family farm in the hills of Vermont. The farm has been producing maple syrup for generations, and it’s very idyllic. Let’s just say I brought up Zillow to look at homes for sale in the hills of Vermont 😂. Really, the scenery was my favorite part of Family Tree – I just loved it. I hadn’t really thought about Vermont, but I think I’ll have to plan a vacation there!
Anyway, back to the story. Pieces of it were a little far-fetched, but what girly love story isn’t? I loved Annie’s relationship with her family and her old high school flame. She basically gets to start over in life, since she’s lost the life she had before. She still finds that she loves film and production after she gets most of her memory and herself back, but without her job, she has to figure out where she wants her life to go. Should she stay home at the farm? Move back to Los Angeles? What about the high school flame who reconnects with?
If you enjoy girly stories with lots of love and emotions and relationships, you’ll like this one. Like I said, this isn’t the type of book I normally choose to read, but as far as girly books go, I did really end up enjoying this one.
• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 9, 2018)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a powerful, emotionally complex story of love, loss, the pain of the past—and the promise of the future.
Sometimes the greatest dream starts with the smallest element. A single cell, joining with another. And then dividing. And just like that, the world changes. 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.
About Susan Wiggs
Susan Wiggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including the beloved Lakeshore Chronicles series and her most recent novel, the instant New York Times bestseller Family Tree. Her award-winning books have been translated into two dozen languages. A native of a small town in upstate New York, she now lives with her husband at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound, and in good weather can commute to her writers’ group in a twenty-one-foot motorboat. A former teacher and graduate of the University of Texas and Harvard, Susan is also an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier, and a cautious mountain biker—yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book.