Thank you to Flat Iron Books for the advance copy of The Guest Book by Sarah Blake. I know guys, this was released on May 7, 2019 and here we are in June…I promise you I read it myself before the release date…my little fingers just could not connect to the keyboard fast enough!
This is a work of historical fiction. Not my usual genre; however, I happen to occasionally enjoy mixing things up. This books takes us between the 1930s-1950s and present day. This novel tackles racism and the power that families have held in the US for generations.
The family owns an island. The money has run out. The granddaughter does not want to give the island up because of the family history it has to offer. She sets off on a journey to uncover what exactly her family stood for and how they really made their money.
I found myself speed reading this gem. The book is long and a LOT is said throughout the book. The irony is that the book deals with things that are unsaid. I guess we the reader just need a lot to understand everything going on.
I will say, without giving too much away, I really enjoyed the end and how it was all brought together. Sometimes family secrets are best kept a secret and I enjoyed how the author chose to leave the book. I did not enjoy the amount of time it took me to get to that point however.
The story is one that is multi-generational (and told through multi-generational perspectives) and bits and pieces are put together from past to present. It was lovely having the different viewpoints and how we as a society have changed (and haven’t) since the World War II era.
I am going to give this book 3.5 stars (rounding up to 4 on rating sites). It was a long read that felt like a chore at some points for me. I did enjoy how everything came together, but it was just so long. I felt like a huge part of the beginning of the book was only focused on the past and the present day was only there to uncover “secrets” which aren’t really that amazing of a secret. The one secret that would be scandalous isn’t ever outright said, we the reader just need to interpret what the characters are saying. Overall, just an OK read. Have you read this one?
Title: The Guest Book
Author: Sarah Blake
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: May 7, 2019