Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Graydon House
Publication Date: 4/14/2020
Goodreads Synopsis –
With her father recently moved to a care facility, Beth Walsh volunteers to clear out the family home and is surprised to discover the door to her childhood playroom padlocked. She’s even more shocked at what’s behind it—a hoarder’s mess of her father’s paintings, mounds of discarded papers and miscellaneous junk in the otherwise fastidiously tidy house.
As she picks through the clutter, she finds a loose journal entry in what appears to be her late mother’s handwriting. Beth and her siblings grew up believing their mother died in a car accident when they were little more than toddlers, but this note suggests something much darker.
Beth soon pieces together a disturbing portrait of a woman suffering from postpartum depression and a husband who bears little resemblance to the loving father Beth and her siblings know. With a newborn of her own and struggling with motherhood, Beth finds there may be more tying her and her mother together than she ever suspected.
My Opinion –
This is a very moving story of love, family, and hope!
Beth’s father Patrick is being moved into a nursing home. His health is deteriorating so quickly that Beth and her siblings have been left with no other choice. After much debate, they decide to take on the task of cleaning out their father’s home, with the idea that they will probably need to sell it in the near future. Since her siblings are very busy with their jobs, Beth volunteers to do the brunt of the work while she is still on maternity leave.
Since the birth of her son, Beth has been struggling. Cleaning out her father’s home proves to be very therapeutic and healing for her. The secrets she finds hidden in the attic are baffling and it will take her and her siblings coming together to discover what they mean.
Beth’s journey of self-awareness is incredibly important! Postpartum depression is very real and needs to be talked about. I thought Kelly Rimmer did a fantastic job of shedding light on this very important subject while weaving in a family mystery that was kept hidden from almost everyone for far too long.
It’s official, this is my second Kelly Rimmer book and I can now officially call myself a fan!
*Thank you Graydon House for the opportunity to read and review this book via NetGalley for my honest opinion.
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