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Publisher's Summary

Becca Meister Fitzpatrick - wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community - is the dutiful steward of her family's iconic summer tradition...until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept what is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter's boldness in the face of impending single-motherhood, and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago: the existence of a daughter she gave up 50 years earlier. Eden is the heartrending account of the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, as Becca prepares to disclose her secret and her son and brothers conspire to put the estate on the market, interwoven with the century-old history of Becca's family.
©2017 Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg (P)2017 Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
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5 out of 5 stars
By Susu on 10-30-17

I can’t wait for Ms. Blasberg ‘s next novel!

From the moment it began I was hooked! I have done nothing else since I started. Eden is so well written. I felt I was there among the characters and imagined living in a guest room in Eden. I just finished listening and feel I have lost my friends. It is hard to believe this is Ms. Blasberg’s first novel. I look forward to many more in the future.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Daryl on 07-16-17

Eden: A place to Belong... and Not to Belong

I love books that are written about families - their hopes, dreams, dysfunction. I read "Eden" not long after finishing "Things Unsaid" by Diana Y. Paul (where I had a hard time relating to the characters), and I hoped I could handle the family dysfunction in these pages; you know it's there.
This book was about a family - a very large, chaotic, confusing extended family. Many other reviewers got confused about which characters were related to whom, what time period we were in, and (personally) I would agree that another edit could've corrected some of the inaccurate timelines (the house hadn't been in the family for 80 years in the 1960s, and 57 years back from 2000 would've been 1943, not 1946). Names of characters come and go, so keep a pen handy if you get confused by this.
These characters are truly sympathetic. You may not agree with their decisions, but they don't come from a place of self-centeredness or intentional cruelty. You want to laugh with them and cry with them. You hang on through a hurricane and celebrate with them at a huge party at the end of a war. By the end, you feel like you know them and want to see where their lives will end up.
The narrator did a great job with a large cast of characters, their emotions, and their thoughts. Overall this was a well-written, well-performed look at not only a place (a house called Eden) by the family that made it their summer home over the generations.
I received a free copy of this book by the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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