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.
This was such a sweet, family driven story that gave me the feels and made me crave maple flavored everything!
Annie’s life seems perfect… in the beginning…
She’s got the career and a handsome, talented husband. But the doubts start pouring in from the start. Her interactions with her husband and the fact that they argue a lot was evident from Chapter 1. Creative differences, maybe….actually, yes. He already seemed less than perfect to me and I knew I didn’t like him. Was it the author planting those feelings with the way he was portrayed? I think so. Let’s just say at the end of this story he does nothing to change my opinion of him. Major douche. The reader gets a sense of foreboding and when Annie finds herself broken and bruised, her real story begins.
The story has a lot of flash backs and I loved it. Each chapter begins with either “Now” or “Then” so we know what time period we are in. It gave us an insight into Annie’s drive to become a famous chef and the insight into her first love, Fletcher. They had such a star crossed lovers theme. Their on again, off again relationship, was a little frustrating to bear. They just couldn’t catch a break. I do believe Annie was to blame for the failure. Her career first mentality set out the course in which her life would take her.
But it’s with those heartbreaks and losses that really endeared me to her character. Her year long coma was tragic and I don’t believe in spoilers, but the extra loss she suffers from that incident was truly heartbreaking. It made me shed a tear. It’s those feelings that made this story so profound. It is such a well rounded tale of ups and downs. Family togetherness also made it touching and sweet.
Speaking of sweets, I want my own maple farm now.
I’m never disappointed with a Susan Wiggs novel. The heroine is rarely alone when fighting her demons. The family support system is always there, but yet, the fight to become a better person is always the goal.