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For fans of the quirky, heartfelt fiction of Nick Hornby and Eleanor Brown comes a smart, wry, and poignant novel about reconciliation between fathers and daughters, between spouses; the deep ties between sisters; and the kind of forgiveness that can change a person’s life in unexpected and extraordinary ways. The Rockwell women are nothing if not . . . Well, it’s complicaFor fans of the quirky, heartfelt fiction of Nick Hornby and Eleanor Brown comes a smart, wry, and poignant novel about reconciliation between fathers and daughters, between spouses; the deep ties between sisters; and the kind of forgiveness that can change a person’s life in unexpected and extraordinary ways. The Rockwell women are nothing if not . . . Well, it’s complicated. When the sisters—Esme, Liv, and Ru—were young, their eccentric mother, Augusta, silenced all talk of their absent father with the wild story that he was an international spy, always away on top-secret missions. But the consequences of such an unconventional upbringing are neither small nor subtle: Esme is navigating a failing marriage while trying to keep her precocious fifteen-year-old daughter from live-tweeting every detail. Liv finds herself in between relationships and rehabs, and Ru has run away from enough people and problems to earn her frequent flier miles. So when a hurricane hits the family home on the Jersey Shore, the Rockwells reunite to assess the damage—only to discover that the storm has unearthed a long-buried box. In a candid moment, Augusta reveals a startling secret that will blow the sisters’ concept of family to smithereens—and send them on an adventure to reconnect with a lost past . . . and one another.Praise for All of Us and Everything“Engaging . . . [a] lively comic novel about stormy women and the spy (and other sexy types) who loved them.”—People (“The Best New Books”) “Similar to Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down, [All of Us and Everything] rewards readers with an engrossing plot rich in witty and frank dark humor. . . . Readers will linger on the story’s web of connections. . . . Thoughtful and provoking.”—Booklist “[Bridget] Asher’s newest title spotlights her unique voice plus an affinity for quirky, wounded characters that are both realistic and likable. . . . The subtle theme [is] how changing our stories can change us. An entertaining yet astute look at family, self, story, and connections.”—Kirkus Reviews “Charming, original, and impeccably written, All of Us and Everything is a spirited romp through the lives of an unusual family of women—three adult sisters, their mother, one teenage daughter, and their longtime housekeeper—and the men who love them, amuse them, pursue them, and lose them. When I wasn’t laughing out loud or eagerly turning pages to see what happened next, I was marveling at Bridget Asher’s ability to tell a highly entertaining, fully engaging, and deeply insightful story.”—Cathi Hanauer, New York Times bestselling author of Gone “While many writers strive to create a single memorable character, Bridget Asher, seemingly with the flick of her wrist, brings forth four amazing, unique, altogether brilliant characters in All of Us and Everything. The Rockwell siblings, Esme, Liv, and Ru, as well as their fascinating mother, Augusta, won me over completely, and their story twists and turns in such fascinating, hilarious, and heartfelt ways that it left me in awe of Asher’s abilities.”—Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of The Family Fang “Bridget Asher’s fascinating, eccentric characters are such good company that I finished All of Us and Everything in one sitting. This is a compelling, funny, moving story about an irresistible family.”—Leah Stewart, author of The New Neighbor...

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All of Us and Everything Reviews

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2018-10-20 18:52

    www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comI loved reading about the characters in this book. They are all related, but their lives are so very different. Augustus gave birth to three daughters, Esme, Liv, and Ru. Not long after she leaves their father Nick because of what he is.. can't tell you about that. Esme's husband Doug leaves her and their daughter Atty for another woman. Their world is totally ripped apart as you can imagine. Liv has problems with drugs and alcohol after getting a divorce from her third husband. Ru gets engaged, then runs off to Vietnam to do research. They all come back together at Augustus home after hurricane Sandy causes a lot of problems, needless to say. This is a story of the lives of women and family finding each other and finding things they have lost. It was very poignant and had it's moments of comedic relief. When all things seemed so impossible for these women, things fall into place and works out for the better. **I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for giving me the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for my honest review**

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-05 20:54

    Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Jersey Shore and unearths a long-forgotten trunk filled with letters concerning local matriarch Augusta Rockwell and her three unique daughters. Said daughters each happen to be having major life crises, and decide to venture home to NJ to reconcile their feelings with their mother, their mysterious father, and each other.This novel is marketed as being "quirky," but it just felt too forced for me. Weird for the sake of being weird. Sort of like several of Johnny Depp's movie roles ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Alice in Wonderland", etc.) It took me awhile to get into the book, and then once I did, I didn't care much for the characters. The only exception was the story line of Augusta and the girls' father, which I thought was interesting and well done. That was quirky without being contrived.All in all a 2.5 star read.Thank you to NetGalley and Bantam Books for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lorilin
    2018-10-20 21:52

    I was looking forward to reading this book. I love The Husband's Secret, so I had high hopes for All of Us and Everything. Plus, I really like stories that focus on relationships between sisters, and relationships between mothers and daughters. I genuinely thought this one was going to be a good fit for me. Yikes, what a disappointment. While I think there was some potential here for an interesting story with weird, eccentric, engaging characters, author Bridget Asher just couldn't pull it off. The story is meandering and unfocused. It has engaging moments, but it also has a lot of superfluous, boring sections that could have been eliminated all together. In fact, I'd say the whole book could have been edited down, probably by at least 40 percent. It would have moved along much more quickly.I took issue with the dialogue, in particular; it just wasn't believable to me. And some of the conversations between characters went on and on and on. I found myself zoning out at these points, and I'd have to catch myself and reread what I just read (never a good sign).Ultimately, this book did basically nothing for me. While I still think the plot had potential, I never fell in love with the characters. If you are looking for a better book about relationships between sisters or between moms and daughters, I'd suggest The Roots of the Olive Tree. I really liked that one. Oh, and if you've never read anything by Liane Moriarty, don't judge her based on a (totally misleading) comparison to All of Us and Everything. Her books are nothing like this one.See more of my book reviews at www.BugBugBooks.com!

  • Michael
    2018-10-29 18:07

    Esme, Liv, and Ru's lives have been shaped by their mother Augusta. Their upbringings are ones of chaos that they will be forced to face in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. To say the family is unusual is an understatement. We have Augusta who has been a recluse since her daughter's father disappeared. She answers the girl's questions about their dad growing up with wild stories about him being a globe-trotting spy, that leaves a weird psychological effect on them.Now all grown up, Esme's marriage is in tatters and her teenage daughter Atty has a Twitter feed that is a complete opposite of itself of narrating her life while doing her best to avoid it. Liv with a string of failed marriages is also an addict who seems content to try and steal her sister's fiances and hubbies. Ru, on the other hand, has a history running away from her problems, like going missing for 21 days when she turned 16. With these four women all back together after many years can they do something they have been unable to do before and work through their differences to be a family?Overall this was a bizarre but enjoyable read, that was multi layered with themes of family, secrets, and control. With a storyline that moves around like it seemingly has a mind of its own, it would be easy to get lost in the detail, but for the most part, it fits in with the damaged and quirky characters.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-09 22:42

    ***3.5 All of Us Stars***Smart, entertaining, and wickedly charming!! All of Us and Everythingby Bridget Asher was a fun, sexy, provocative read that was widely intriguing as Ms. Asher creates a story that unravels family secrets. Nothing is black and white and in this unique and entertaining read as Ms. Asher weaves a story of sisters discovering the truth regarding their father. Augusta Rockwell is an eccentric mother to three daughters- Esme, Liv, and Ru. They didn’t have a normal upbringing as most children did. Their mother always told them crazy and far-fetched stories that their father was an international spy and was absent because he was away on top-secret missions. So when a storm hits their family home, the Rockwell sisters reunite and soon discovers buried letters that exposes the real truth. After weathering the storm, will this new found revelation bring the Rockwell women closer? So if you are ready to get struck with a read that will have you charmed with realistic flawed characters then this book is definitely for you. A light and well-written story that would be a perfect weekend read.

  • Christine Roberts
    2018-10-29 19:07

    I enjoyed this book. Family is an interesting, volatile, ever changing thing, and "All of Us and Everything" highlights that perfectly. Each character has great attributes, and I promise at least half of them will remind you of someone you know, and love (or hate lol).The greatest line in the book, for me, referenced youngest sister Ru, the novelist and screenwriter. "Then again, she felt conflicted in bookstores, too, which sometimes felt like visiting an animal shelter - all those books gazing at you with sad doggy eyes; you can't save them all, and you know what's going to happen to them." Someone had finally put into words how I feel in a book store (or worse, a thrift shop type place). RESCUE ALL THE BOOKS!!!ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Diane S ☔
    2018-10-26 16:55

    Not for me.

  • Aura
    2018-10-16 23:08

    I would like to say that I liked this book because my sister and I received/won a free copy from the publisher but I wrestled with this book. That is not the experience you want to have whilst reading. First of all, it is billed as the story of a family of eccentric characters. There is a fine line between eccentric, that is, adorably weird ... and certifiable and I think these sisters crossed over to the "need professional help" category. The spy father storyline was a little bit more interesting, however, I couldn't get over some of odd stories of the girls. Let's see if this makes sense. The drug addict aunt gives gold digging men tips to teen niece who tries to kill her high school bully ... drug addict aunt also gives her last two precious Valiums to same niece so she can deal with her mental instability and lectures the teen on the value of using good drugs, "this is how America survived the 1970s" the aunt says. What? This is crazy weird.

  • Lesincele Viaja gracias a los libros
    2018-11-03 14:58

    Ha tenido un planteamiento inicial muy diferente al que me esperaba y por ello me ha gustado más porque se ha diferenciado de otras novelas del género y ha conseguido atraparme por completo. Los personajes son todos absolutamente geniales y tiene unos diálogos irónicos y repletos de humor negro. Muy recomendable.

  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    2018-10-21 21:01

    Review Augusta and her three daughters, Esme, Liv and Ru, lived in their Ocean City New Jersey house by themselves except for their housekeeper. They were an eccentric family. While the girls wondered who their father was or if they even all had the same father all their mother would say was that he was a spy. The girls all eventually left their mother and each other to live their own lives - although none of them are doing particularly well. When they all come back home after a hurricane to help with the house they will find out certain truths their mother never told them.This book was one I am not sure how to feel about. In the blurb it is compared to Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret. Now that is a hard one to live up to in my opinion so that may add a little to me not liking it as much as I wanted to. I liked certain things, not others, and some were just kooky. Let's discuss shall we.Characters. This group of women were all a little insane.  The mother was almost a recluse it seemed. Esme (love that name by the way) didn't believe her mother about anything growing up Liv got shipped off to boarding school. Ru disappeared for 21 days when she was 16. When they are grown Augusta is still a recluse, Esme is facing divorce and has a daughter having a hard time with it, Liv is also going through a divorce and has an addiction problem and Ru is avoiding her fiance but throwing herself into work. All of these women have real issues they need to deal with that seemed to have started early on. They don't know how to talk and relate to each other. Or even like each other for that matter. But they do learn to come together on some level at the end.Control (or lack thereof).The book starts out with them all conducting a storm. Like literally conducting a storm (cover tie in right there). The whole storm and controlling one is a theme throughout. Augusta fought for control in her life but it was basically by shutting people out. The girls are sought control one way or another as well.Family Focus. The whole book centers on the sisters and their mother and father. I did like to see sisters who don't get along but don't hate each other. I think it is a somewhat realistic look at that relationship. I did love to watch them bond in their own way and come together. Also, I feel like they finally come to understand their mother better and see her in a different light.Quirky. This family was just so kooky. The whole conducting the storm actually took me a little bit to figure out what they were doing. Plus the whole mother telling them their dad was a spy. The sisters all had pretty above average lives too. Esme lived her soon to be ex-husband and daughter at some prestigious boarding school where they worked. Liv lived a super luxurious life paid for by her three ex-husbands ( which she has a system of finding and marrying) and Ru is a best-selling author with an eidetic memory. Some of this worked and some was a little too much for me.New Jersey. I am a sucker for a New Jersey setting. Love to see the beaches showcased - and not in a trashy way. Also, I think it really got the essence of how bad Hurricane Sandy really was for so many places.Epilogue. Now I love me an epilogue but this was a bit too tidy. Literally a paragraph for each character and where they ended up. I liked seeing how it played out but either I wanted more or nothing at all.Overall, it was an ok read - I enjoyed it more than I didn't. It was paced well and I moved along with it pretty quickly. It was just a little weirder than what I was expecting but I will still check out more from Bridget Asher.This review was originally posted on Rebel Mommy Book Blog

  • Kim
    2018-11-09 15:03

    I think this played into every fear I could have entertained about having three daughters. I'm happy to report my own experience has thus far had far less undermining, backstabbing, mistrust and instead had laughter, affection, inside jokes and the very best elements conveyed in the word sisterhood.

  • Kaela
    2018-11-13 21:48

    I absolutely LOVED this book. I felt like I was reading a Wes Anderson script along with something entirely unique to Asher’s style. Can’t wait to read more from her.

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    2018-10-22 20:53

    All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher is a recommended book about an eccentric, dysfunctional family of women.Augusta Rockwell was an eccentric mother as far as her three daughters are concerned. Esme, Liv, and Ru all grew up hearing that their absent father was a spy and couldn't have any contact with them for their safety. Their mother devoted her life to starting movements, unsuccessfully. Now all of their lives are in flux and weathering storms that will bring them home and, once there, they are going to learn some truths about themselves and their absent father.Augusta survives a literal storm, Hurricane Sandy. The hurricane leads to the discovery of some letters that are given to Augusta. At the same time Esme and her teenage daughter, Atty, are reeling from their husband/father running off with his dentist in France. Atty is hyper-connected to social media and tweets incessantly. Liv is done with yet another marriage and needs to go to rehab. Ru, after one best-selling book, has left the country to do research for another book, but may just be trying to escape her engagement. All the daughters head home, ostensibly to help Augusta recover from the storm.Really, most of the storm recovery consists of airing the emotional baggage they have all been carrying for years. None of the sisters really like each other or their mother. Augusta is an eccentric, but not as crazy as the girls imply. Augusta was a wealthy single mother, so the girls grew up in a safe, secure environment. I couldn't help but think that all of the damage they claim as a direct result of their childhood was not necessarily as awful as they claim. Okay, some things were explained as unknown outside interference, but still... Stuff happens. You move on. While I basically liked this book, I had a hard time feeling a lot of empathy for any of the characters - with the exception of Atty.This is an entertaining, light novel. You are going to be able to read it quickly and follow the action and the quirky emotional angst of all the characters. Even though I didn't connect with any of the characters, I was interested in what happened to them and what they learned about their father, and in the process their mother. The writing is decent, though some of the dialogue felt forced.Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Random House for review purposes.http://shetreadssoftly.blogspot.com/2...

  • Amy
    2018-11-02 22:44

    Some books seem as though they are going to be light and fluffy, a good beach read but nothing profound, nothing that will stick with you. All of Us and Everything seemed to be one of those books. From the first pages I thought it would be a fun, quirky, whimsical read that I would forget about tomorrow. It is fun and quirky and a bit whimsical but it is also so much more. My love for this book began with something oldest Rockwell daughter Esme wrote in her journal: "I feel otherly." I have always also felt otherly. Many other statements in the book stood out to me as well. Some seemed to have been taken from the mouth of Tina Belcher (if you don't know who Tina Belcher is, I recommend you google her and remedy that ASAP) and some were far more complex. My point is, on the surface this may look like chick lit. It isn't. It's otherly and it's awesome.The Rockwell sisters, Esme, Liv, and Ru, were raised by their single mother, Augusta. According to their mother, their father was an international spy and that is why they had never met him. For whatever reason, as far as they were aware, their father was absent from their lives and this absence had an impact. The girls have grown up and are each somewhat dysfunctional. Esme and her daughter Atty have been abandoned by Esme's husband Doug, who was in Paris chaperoning a student trip and fell in love with a dentist. Liv's third marriage has fallen apart and she is looking for husband number four when she sees a wedding announcement in the New York Times, announcing the marriage of her sister Ru to a very wealthy man and she wonders if stealing her sister's fiance would make her a monster. Ru, recently engaged, has absconded to Vietnam, claiming to do research for her next book. Her first (wildly popular) book was based largely on her sister Liv's teenage romance with a boy named Teddy and Liv isn't happy about it.Soon after hurricane Sandy, the sisters all return to the home of their mother. Augusta has just received a box of correspondence that surfaced in the wake of the hurricane and it's contents bring the past back to her and change her future and the futures of her daughters. This book was funny but it also got in there and poked at the feels. The sisters are vulnerable. Atty is a mess. All of them have issues, many of which I have, too. I read a lot of books and it's rare that I will reread anything but this is a book that I can see myself rereading in the not too distant future.

  • Patty
    2018-10-29 18:06

    All Of Us And EverythingByBridget AsherWhat it's all about...This book is about a strange quirky family...Augusta and her daughters Liv and Ru and Esme. They lived on the beach in a big old family beach house. Augusta is incrediblyeccentric...and the girls have always been told that their father is a spy plus they have never actually ever met him. Augusta always buys green station wagons. Jessamine...their housekeeper...does all of the cooking and takes care of all of the errands. The girls have had no contact with their father ever. This results in really weird issues for each daughter. Marriages, engagements, careers are all kind of a mess for the sisters. Esme has a daughter who is kind of a bit of a mess, too. Why I wanted to read it...I love quirky characters in quirky books and this book was definitely quirky. And finally...when the sisters all end up at home after Hurricane Sandy a box is delivered to Augusta. What is in that box? Oh my! Even Augusta is afraid of THE BOX! What made me truly enjoy this book...I think that my fave character was Augusta. Her relationship with Nick the Spy was crazy! And as the girls spend more time at home with Augusta...more secrets are revealed. My fave part of the book was actually the epilogue...2 1/2 years after this all happened.Why you might want to read it, too...This was a unique tale of three sisters and their parents. I loved the beginning. I kind of got a bit tired of everyone and their oddities after a while, though, I am sad to say.

  • Mary Lins
    2018-10-18 16:02

    ​"All of Us and Everything" by Bridget Asher, is about a single-mother, three sisters and a storm. The mother, Augusta, who has told her daughters that their father is a spy and thus cannot contact them, daughters: Esme who is gong through a personal maelstrom, Liv who is looking for her next (rich) husband by filtering through the engagement section of major newspapers (because the men are pre-screened for commitment-phobes) and Ru, the youngest, a writer who borrows from her family's life. And then there is Atty, Esme's daughter who Tweets every single moment of her life #toomuchsharing!After Hurricane Sandy hits the east coast, the family reconvenes; secrets are revealed and relationships are forever changed. I thoroughly enjoyed this often witty, ultimately touching, family tale. Readers who enjoy stories about families, particularly the often fraught relationships between parents and children and among siblings will enjoy this fun novel."All of Us and Everything" would make a delightful movie (or TV "dramedy") that could employ actors and actresses of all ages/generations. I'm hoping, like her character Ru, who wrote a successful screenplay from her own novel, that Bridget Asher is already on it!

  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    2018-11-01 22:49

    Did you ever read a book that made you feel like you were really observing people in their best and worst moments? That you were really seeing what was at the heart of the person? Well that is how I felt while reading ALL OF US AND EVERYTHING. You are exposed to the Rockwell women and get the privilege to see what has become of them and all the moments that caused them to become the women they are today. They are flawed, real, damaged and struggling. Then a storm (both real and figurative) changes everything. This storm seriously changes the entire course of their lives and causes them to rethink all they once thought they knew. What a crazy ride it was. There were twists and turns and many unexpected moments that created a very enjoyable reading experience. What a great read. 5 stars

  • Melissa
    2018-11-14 14:51

    Asher’s latest is endearing, tumultuous and an all-around wonderful read. The family is quirky and entertaining, yet readers will see a bit of themselves in each member. Filled with scenes of romance, family secrets, learning to grow up and learning to move on, this novel has something for everyone. The tale will stay with readers long after it is completed.Augusta has long told her children that their absent father is a spy, and that is why he hasn’t been a part of their lives. Now adults, Ru, Esme and Liv think this is just a fanciful story their mother invented to keep them from learning the truth about their father. After Hurricane Sandy, the women come back together and a long-held secret comes to light. Will the truth finally set them free? (BANTAM, Dec., 352 pp., $15.00)- See more at: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-rev...

  • Kathryn
    2018-11-07 22:44

    3.5 stars. Review to follow.

  • Natasha Ellis
    2018-11-07 20:41

    Far fetched and quirky but enjoyable as well.Some of the conversations felt unreal but it did have a good storyline. Overall a very readable book.

  • Cristina
    2018-10-15 22:55

    This was a quirky read! Thanks for lending it, Rachel!

  • Charlene
    2018-10-26 17:04

    Learning how to be a family. Characters are likeable. I liked the story, and the way things all come together in the end. Would recommend.

  • Diana Dincau
    2018-11-13 20:45

    [...]De esto pude concluir en que en mi mente dividí el libro en dos partes. Una que me resultó introductoria en demasía, y a su vez poco clara como para sentirme enganchada; y la otra mitad en la cual vi realmente personajes formados, que sentían, pensaban, deseaban. Donde los hechos se entrelazaban de otra manera y con otra fuerza. Allí es donde me sentí más identificada, más allá de los problemas familiares que todos en algún punto tenemos, creo realmente que fue una buena lectura porque no se trata de nada que pueda resultar ajeno a algún lector. Claro que tuve mis altibajos, por ejemplo con ciertos personajes. En especial Augusta, cuyo rol me pareció muy extraño y que no terminé de comprender. En especial el hecho de que piense que dirige/controla las tormentas. ¿Hay explicación alguna de eso en el libro? No. Y sin contar que es algo fantasioso, que está muy bien, pero no hay una causa de por qué, ni cómo -esto especialmente-, ni para qué o cuándo sucede. Así que es algo que quedó medio colgado al inicio, y me pareció sumamente interesante como para que no se desarrolle más. Aún así me fui por el lado más lateral y metafórico y le busqué una explicación más filosófica si se quiere, dentro de la historia. Como es a libre interpretación, con algo me tenía que conformar... Me gustaría hablar de esa figura paterna y qué es lo que sucede con ella, pero sería contar demasiado y arruinaría el sentido de la obra. Pero desde que se hace alusión a él, y hasta el final del libro, este punto en particular tocó cada fibra de mi ser. Y eso se lleva todos los puntos. Leer la reseña completa

  • Lorraine Sears
    2018-10-26 19:46

    A strange story of 3 sisters coming back together after an eccentric upbringing. All the planets seem to align at exactly the right time so that Esme, Liv and Ru Rockwell all end up back under the roof of their childhood home, with their secretive mother. Where they finally learn the truth about the one person who has been seemingly missing their whole lives, their father.The story was interesting enough and kept me engaged , but it didn't demand I read it. I could ignore the story if I chose to, and indeed did, sometimes for a few days at a time. The reason being, I didn't find any of the characters particularly likeable, or indeed, unlikeable enough to really care what happened to them. As much as I wanted to get to the end to find how things panned out, it was a relief for me to finish this book; and I've been particularly choosy about what to read next, to make sure it's something I'll really get hooked on.

  • Juan Rivera
    2018-10-29 23:06

    When a family is destroyed by lack of communication (because one of the parents did not have a real life, but instead sneaked into the lives of their children without getting involved with them), the psychological damage is enormous.Bridget Asher's "Letters in the Storm" is one of those books where apparently nothing happens, but it happens a lot, the characters (The Rockwell Daughters) show who they really are, how they became what they are, and finally decide to change to follow their Dreams.In this case the Rockwell daughters Change commitments to make real commitments at work, couple and life. Even one left the drug addiction where she was installed to not live the reality and decided to do something to change her and those around her.We all have the opportunity to change, we all have the opportunity to live to the full. This novel is good indeed, I recommend them.

  • Z
    2018-10-17 14:59

    I wanted so badly to give this four stars. The idea is there, but I'd have liked to see a more linear, concrete quest for Nick to try and win back his daughters, rather than what we got, which was more organic and didn't really focus on the relationships between Nick and the sisters evenly. Maybe women's fiction is supposed to be like that, but I like a good hero's journey myself. The ending just seemed really rushed and tacked on. I'm still not entirely sure what kind of closure Esme got with the Ivy League thing, or what Atty was actually doing with those Nancy Drew books, or any kind of closure for Ru and Nick at all (which stinks, since Ru found him first). A part of me also wished the Rockwells could literally conduct storms and control the weather, but...that just sounds like a completely different book.

  • Christopher White
    2018-10-18 14:52

    An average story, about an not-so-average family, consisting of a single mother who makes excuses about the father when she's asked about his whereabouts by her growing daughters...but the eye-roll excuses she gives turn out to have some substance to them. One of those books that make your own problems seem superficial, but sympathy still escapes you the more you get into the book. It just seems this group can control their own destinies and they only experience their difficulties because of the dumb choices they make...choices they are not forced into. Also, the ending does not seem to bring resolution. Once again, average. 3 stars.

  • Carrie
    2018-10-25 16:09

    This was a good book for reading at the beach--light, easy and quick. However, its lightness seemed to me to also mean a lack of character development. The whole father absence issue explained it, but I still felt like there was more about Liv, Esme, Ru, and Atty that didn't get an explanation but required one. Like warning signs that Doug would do what he did in Paris? The girls often seemed like caricatures. I felt like the parents were more fully developed and real.

  • Ursula Kibido
    2018-11-14 20:49

    I got the book at my local bookstore and it seemed interesting enough. About family drama and a big mystery about who they are as a family. The book was somewhat disappointing and did not live up to my expectation. I didn't like any of the daughters enough to really care about what happens to them. The parents ( Augusta and Nick )storyline was what kept me from abandoning the book halfway when I got bored. I would not recommend the book to anyone.

  • Anjuli
    2018-10-25 21:52

    There was something about the writing style of this book that I liked - it wasn’t flowy, it was fairly fast paced, it balanced past references with moving the present tense story along. I liked the characters, but can’t say I loved them or related to any of them. This was a strange storyline, but I enjoyed it.