The River Home

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Sisters Eve, Lucy, and Margot Sorrell haven’t been together in ages. So when Eve and Margot receive a message from Lucy requesting their presence at her wedding taking place in a week, they make their way home uneasily. Home is Windfalls, a shabby but beautiful house in England, where their mother, Kitty, still lives. Their father, Ted, lives not far from Windfalls with his new wife, Sibella. The relationships among all the family members have been strained for years, thanks to a shocking betrayal committed by a teenage Margot–who burned down Kitty’s writing studio, destroying an important manuscript. Once the family is together, the old hurts flare, but new heartache is about to touch them all–proving that the time for keeping secrets is over. Only the truth matters now.

Told in alternating points of view, The River Home brings the Sorrell family to life in vivid scenes of reunion as well as episodes from the past. Truths emerge slowly, effectively mirroring the Sorrells’ unwillingness to acknowledge past traumas to others and themselves. Though the sadness in this novel is ultimately unsurprising, the emotional buildup is thoughtfully rendered, and the members of the Sorrell family will stick with readers for a long time.

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Author Hannah Richell
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 358 pages
Publisher Harper
Publish Date 2020-Aug-04
ISBN 9780063001602
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Issue February 2021
Category Popular Fiction


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