Thursday, June 07, 2012

Review: The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D

From the back of the book: Kate Spenser is desperately in need of a vacation. Reeling from the death of her best friend Elizabeth a year prior, unnerved in the post-9/11 world, and struggling with her role as a stay-at-home mom and her deferred career ambitions, she longs for the safe haven of her family’s summer rental on Great Rock Island. But Kate’s baggage follows her to the island in the form of a trunk full of Elizabeth’s private journals, a weighty inheritance that came with one instruction: Start at the beginning.

To Kate’s surprise, the diaries reveal a dark side to Elizabeth she never knew existed. Underneath the cheerful fa├žade of the perfect wife and mother, Elizabeth was a frustrated artist with a troubled family history, battling depression and a deep ambivalence toward marriage and family. As a mysterious man surfaces in the diary pages, Kate’s basic sense of morality and fidelity is tested. Delving deeper into Elizabeth’s past casts a shadow of uncertainty over Kate’s own seemingly perfect life and begs the question – how well can we really know the people we love? And how well do we let them know us?

My thoughts: I typically love books about friendship and this novel was no exception. This novel really made me think about my own friendships -- how well I really know those I love and consider to be my friends, how much do I let those closest to me know? This novel explores some heavy topics that require the reader to put the book down to really think before moving on to the next chapter.

This book really examines the choices women make in the name of love, career, and family and how those decisions impact their lives. This is definitely a novel that will stay with you long after you turned the last page.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review by TLC Tours and the publishing company but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own.