book review: the house of tides

51v28ZDa0+L._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_  I have been on a book funk lately. I’ve picked up two books that helped me create a new bookshelf on goodreads called “abandoned”. Both books I tried to get through and I just couldn’t.

I went to the library this past weekend armed with a list of books to find and oddly this one was the one I just happened to snag from the new books section. It is the first book that I’ve read in a long while that pretty much kept me from wanting to do anything but read. It’s kept me up the last two nights too late and kept me on the couch in the afternoons trying to finish it (even with the kids home on school break!)

It’s the story of the Tide family and this one event that staggers them all. Ultimately what I loved about this book is that it seemed real. In their responses to the thing that happened, to the honesty in Helen’s frustration with her life and the realization of what a great family they really did – do have.

I didn’t feel like any of it was far-fetched or thrown in there just because it’s a book and you can do anything in a book. But in the end I love that it was a good ending. As much as I wanted nothing more than to get to the end of it, I wasn’t sad to let the characters go after I did get to the end. I was happy for them and felt satisfied in the resolution and development of their characters that had transpired.

It was a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it! Superbly written and honestly Richell kept me going for almost the whole book with her plot twists. Well done Ms. Richell!

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