From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin.
Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn’t protect her from life’s cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve’s young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son.
When Emma’s own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother’s doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her–until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back…but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley.
So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?
Though I do miss the more romance-y contemporary romance books Ms. Higgins used to write, I can’t deny that I love the way her more recent relationship fiction books (I refuse to use the label women’s fiction, UGH) go for a deeper dive into a wider variety of relationships. Life and Other Inconveniences is no exception–in addition to the slow burn central romance (which I wanted more of, sigh…), this book looks at all kinds of relationships: mother/daughter, father/daughter, mother/son, (great) granddaughter/(great) grandmother, friendship…I’m sure I’m forgetting one or two here, but they were all complex and richly explored and even when they were train-wreckish they were fascinating. I loved watching all of the relationships grow and change throughout, and one day hope to eventually be able to forgive the author for making me SOB toward the end.
(Seriously–have tissues handy. Like a box or two, at least.)
I listened to the audio version, which was wonderfully narrated by a solid cast of voice actors–honestly, there wasn’t a bad voice in the bunch!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A