Deidre McIntosh is a woman with it all... a successful business, a doting fiancé, a baby on the way. But business is getting busier, Kevin is always on the road and Deidre's future mother-in-law has hijacked the wedding plans. To make matters worse, Kevin's sullen goddaughter, Claire, has been expelled from boarding school and has ended up in Deidre's care, a temporary arrangement that seems more permanent by the day.
Claire Phillips doesn't want to be in Seattle. It's bad enough that her own parents are too busy with their lives to care about hers, but being stuck with Deidre is like a prison sentence. Deidre works, cooks, cleans and crafts... the woman is obviously nuts. Claire knows it's just a matter of time before she's enrolled in another boarding school, out of sight and mind once again.
But when a woman appears on Deidre's doorstep, both Deidre and Claire find themselves faced with the ultimate question: what is family, and what lengths would you go to care for those you love?
If you could sum up Family Room in three words, what would they be?
This is a story that explores the changing nature of families, and finding a place of belonging, no matter your age. It's about growing up (again, applicable at any age), letting go of the past and making room for a present and a future based on what is, not on fantasy.
What did you like best about this story?
Of course, it's always great to spend time with Deirdre, the heroine, and travel with her through emotional (and also, in this case, physical) twists and turns. The movement of relationships from antipathy to compassion is well presented. There's just enough mystery surrounding motives to keep the reader engaged and wanting to find out more.
Which character – as performed by Carin Gilfry – was your favorite?
I really liked them all. Each in their own way, even those who were initially presented as self-serving or selfish, had aspects everyone could relate to. This is the hallmark of a good writer - making the reader root for the characters and wish them the best, no matter how foolish their behaviors might be at times.
Any additional comments?
I listened to this book while traveling, and it was a great way to make the journey enjoyable.