SUMMARY: After inheriting a house on Martha’s Vineyard and finding herself alone there with three young children, Annie Tucker must confront her past when an unresolved love tests whether she has the courage to resist the pull of seduction and reclaim her true self. Both poignant and funny, this story is about forgiveness, acceptance, and the power of love and family.
REVIEW: I am a sucker for any book that takes place on the Vineyard or Nantucket, so score the first point for Holly Eger! What a fantastic summer read, as Annie delves into her past to determine her future. I was swept up in the poignant memories that laced her present self to her past desires. As women, workers, mothers, etc. we get wrapped up in day to day life and often lose our sense of self. To combat this, we search our past, revisiting time, space and places to re-evaluate who we are and what we want. Holly Eger captures this perfectly in Annie’s character.
I would term this book a romance, but not in the typical sense. Annie’s romance with her idealistic island and with her family are swept together seamlessly. Her past memories of summers spent with her beloved aunt on Martha’s Vineyard and the romance that haunted her memory are a colorful patchwork in her angst filled, drama-less days as an adult. Annie has moved around the word with her husband’s career, inserting herself completely into the role of wife and mother. But where has Annie gone? Who is she? A summer in her inherited house on the island with her three children, a downright lovable pooch named Tashmoo, and a few local characters reveal her innermost dreams and desires.
Holly Hodder Eger is a phenomenal storyteller. When I read the last page of Split Rock, I was sad, and wished for more. Having never actually been to Martha’s Vineyard, the author painted such a realistic picture of the places and people that I felt as if I were there with the Tucker family and the all too wise natives. I highly recommend this book.
- Publisher: Conzett Verlag, Taschenbuchausgabe
- Release Date: July 1, 2016
- ISBN: 978-0-9978351-0-6
**NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.