Happy Wednesday. Half way through the working week thank goodness. Every week feels like a long week for me at the moment and I’m finding myself living for the weekend. I’m sure plenty of people feel this way all of the time, but I haven’t had this for quite some time so it’s taking some adjusting.
Thank you to @hqstories for this advanced copy of The Garnett Girls by @georginamooreauthor in return for an honest review. The Garnett Girls was published on 16th February 2023 and you can get a copy here.
Forbidden, passionate and all-encompassing, Margo and Richard’s love affair was the stuff of legend–but, ultimately, doomed. When Richard walked out, Margo locked herself away, leaving her three daughters, Rachel, Imogen, and Sasha, to run wild.
Years later, charismatic Margo entertains lovers and friends in her cottage on the Isle of Wight, refusing to ever speak of Richard and her painful past. But her silence is keeping each of the Garnett girls from finding true happiness.
Rachel is desperate to return to London but is held hostage by responsibility for Sandcove, their beloved but crumbling family home. Dreamy Imogen feels the pressure to marry her kind, considerate fiancé, even when life is taking an unexpected turn. Wild, passionate Sasha, trapped between her fractured family and controlling husband, is weighed down by a secret that could shake the family to its core.
General Thoughts 🤔
This book was exactly what I was expecting it to be and I mean that in a positive way. I wanted to read about family drama, loves; good and bad and general stories about the women of The Garnett family. It was easy to get wrapped up in their lives and want to follow them and their decisions. They were real women with real problems and that made for some great reading.
This entire book was about the characters. In fact I’d go as far to say that there really wasn’t that much plot. The Garnett family dominated the story with their spouses, children and extended family making some cameo appearances
It’s really difficult for me to try and pick a favourite out of the Garnett women because I liked them all for very different reasons. I liked Margo because she was full of youth and loved her daughters fiercely. I liked Rachel because she was strong minded and I admired the way that she took responsibility for her sisters at such a young age. I liked Imogen because she was vulnerable and I was rooting for her to make the right decisions for herself. Lastly, I liked Sasha because she was wild, didn’t care about what other people thought of her and she was brave.
Writing Style ✍️
As I mentioned, there wasn’t much plot to this book which did mean that I found it a bit of a struggle at times. I would have liked for a touch more story and background for the characters, but it wasn’t a show stopper for me. Once I adjusted to the slow pace of the book, I was able to leisurely read it and enjoy it for what it was.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
This was a lovely story about family, love and drama. The characters were easy to fall in love with and get behind and because of that, I found myself feeling like all of the Garnett girls were friends of mine by the end of the book. This wasn’t a quick read for me. I think because of the slow pace, I found it easier to digest little and often. If you’re in the market for a slow burn book with glorious characters, then I recommend this book for sure.