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Publisher's Summary

Eloise Hempel is on her way to teach a class at Harvard when she receives devastating news. Her sister and her husband have been killed in a tragic accident, and Eloise must return home to Cincinnati to take her sister's three children, Theodora, Josh, and Claire, out of the hands of her own incapable mother. Nearly two decades later, Eloise is still in that house, still thinking about what she left behind.
With Claire leaving for New York City for a promising ballet career, Eloise has plans to finally embark on a life that's hers alone. But when her mother makes a competition out of who inherits the house, and Claire reveals a life-changing secret, their makeshift family begins to fall apart.
©2013 Leah Stewart (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"A genuine and heartwarming story about the complicated thing we call family, and what it means to be home. I laughed. I cried. And I was very sorry to turn the last page." (Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Four Ms. Bradwells and The Wednesday Sisters)
"Leah Stewart possesses magic. It is awe-inspiring to see how clearly and sensitively she presents the numerous ways her characters are broken and then finds a way to offer some hope of healing. With the family at the heart of The History of Us, Stewart shows that she is unafraid of difficult characters and that she is equally unafraid of making sure they matter to us." (Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang)
"Leah Stewart plunges deep into questions of home and heart. The History of Us is a lovely novel. Just lovely." (Ann Hood, author of The Red Thread and The Knitting Circle)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Debbie on 01-19-13


When I read the summary of the book, I thought this would be a book about Eloise & the changes required of her life when she suddenly inherits her sister's children. I thought I had somehow skipped part of the book when all of a sudden, the children were in the 20's and the book was all about them, not about Eloise at all. The narrator is OK, not great, and the story is OK to listen to, but definitely not what I was expecting or what I wanted the story to be about.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-29-13

Sounded more interesting that was

This book took a long time to get to the story. I never fell in love or hate of any of the characters. The store is about the relationship between family members with each other and there house. I had a hard time buying the whole scenario.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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