“Susan Wiggs is the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of more than fifty novels, with her books in print in thirty countries. A native of a small town in upstate New York, she now lives with her husband at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound, and in good weather can commute to her writers’ group in a twenty-one-foot motorboat. A former teacher and graduate of the University of Texas and Harvard, Susan is also an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier, and cautious mountain biker – yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book. (From the book jacket)
FAMILY TREE is just a lovely read and it was such a pleasure to curl up and enjoy each page on a rainy summers day. The story unfolds in a small rural community in Vermont, on a farm dedicated to Maple Syrup and healthy lifestyles. Annie is the girl who drives herself to do everything well and is determined to follow her passion into a big career in the media. She has learned under the careful tutelage of her Grandmother the ‘Art of Baking’ and she has an innate skill for the craft.
FAMILY TREE is a generational story, which includes the art of creating Maple Syrup to the art of building family relationships that grow and do not consume. There is considerable wisdom shared in the gentle writing style through the school years, college years and into career building. Will family patterns repeat and continue into future problems? What will be success for the family, each character and for the community?
I learned a great deal about the small family farmer, the maple sugar industry, distilling and cooking. The book came complete with recipe cards for some of the amazing meals served up between the pages. The book is also about persevering and adapting to change happening to and around each of the characters. A very nice study and I am sure many readers will want this story to come true for them selves.
When I leave the movies it takes a minute or two to come back into the present tense. It is the same with FAMILY TREE. The story suspends time and relaxes the reader; taking them away from their own life and problems delightfully. I am sure it is another bestseller in the making and I can recommend it. I have not made any of the recipes but I did enjoy FAMILY TREE with several cozy cups of tea.
TLC Book Tours sent me a print copy of this book for review.