I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book once I adjusted to the Southern accent and cranked it up to 1.25 speed. This book starts with the end and then backs up and explains itself after the first chapter. I love that. It feels like you’re in the action right away.
The book alternates between the viewpoints of three strong, sassy women: “Big” (Jenny, the grandmother), Liza (“Little”, the mom), and Mosey (the daughter). All are 15 years apart. Big explains that every 15 years is their challenge year. And the book takes place in her 45th year, another challenge year. Several things go wrong, but the book is ultimately about family and love.
When the bones of a baby are discovered in their backyard, Mosey and her friend, Roger, embark on a journey to figure out her true identity. Mosey’s chapters were my favorite. Roger’s enthusiasm is reminiscent of Now and Then (movie). Big is trying to keep the truth from Mosey. And Liza’s chapters reveal her past in pieces. It’s a compelling story that had me eager to know the truth. And the full on snark from Big and Mosey had me smiling throughout.
This book was a solid read, just not one I plan to read again.
Rating: 3 Stars
This review was originally published on Mom’s Radius.