RELATIVE LOVE is a heart-rending story of loss and love, covering one year in the lives of the Harrison family, a sprawling clan doing their best to hold together in the face of a changing world. The story opens as the Harrisons gather for Christmas at their big country house. But when tragedy strikes, of the most unforeseeable and devastating kind, they are torn apart. Harsh truths emerge, about the past as well as the present, laying bare the fragility of their happiness and all that they have taken for granted.
Review: Reading this grand sweeping novel, I was so extremely jealous of all the family members. I always wanted a family like the Harrison clan. They are all so different in their own ways but would come together each Christmas to celebrate the holidays in this grand house that had been in the family for generations.
The author introduces us to all the family members and we get to know them from their descriptions but also how they interact with each other. I adored how quirky they were. I loved the parents and how each family member deals with the fact that their parents are getting older and are not as spry as they once were.
The author did something that I love so much and that is to dedicate each chapter to each month of the year. We see how each family member goes through their year. How much their lives change through out the year. We see a real family that is dealing with real issues. Nothing is sugar coated in that we get to see how this family deals with their problems. How they fight for what they want in life.
I felt like I was reading a Maeve BInchy novel which was so comforting to me since she is one of my favorite authors. One of the authors that I cherish each of their books and read when I’m sad or blue. Amanda Brookfield definitely will be this kind of author for me.
I also have a slight infatuation with anything British. There is something so endearing to me about British literature. I like seeing how other countries do things. The language and slang fascinate me. I so need to go out and look for other books by Brookfield.