Friday, May 5, 2017

All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg

This is women's fiction with all the trauma and drama of life.  Carole knew her mother was in an insane asylum and as her mind starts taking a life of its own and confusing her, she's afraid that's where she's going to end up, too.

Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy now.

This story has alternating chapters with different character's voices.  There's the mother/grandmother who is still in the asylum, Carole and her sister Janine, and Allison the daughter/granddaughter.  Solange's story about how she ended up in the asylum is sad.  She made the mistake of telling her husband the last baby wasn't his.  It was a one-night fling with an old flame that ruined her life.  He puts her in the asylum and doesn't want her back.

Janine is brought up with her sister at her aunt's house.  The aunt knows her heritage and hates her.  Carole tries to protect her.

Life is not easy for any of them.  The ironic twist revealed at the end was great.  Carole's problems didn't come from her mother.  

This book shows just how much you can overcome if you have to.  It's sad and a bit overwhelming but there's still hope for the future.  Sometimes life is like that.  

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