Guest Review: The Stories We Tell

June 23, 2014 book review, fiction, Guest Post, Judy Walters, Patti Callahan Henry, St.Martins Press, Uncategorized 0

The Stories We Tell
  • Written By:  Patti Callahan Henry
  • Published By:  St. Martin’s Press June 24, 2014
  • Length:  272 pages
  • Source: ARC sent by publicist Sullivan and Partners,LLC in consideration of an honest review

Summary:  Eve and Cooper Morrison are Savannah’s power couple. They’re on every artistic board and deeply involved in the community. She owns and operates a letterpress studio specializing in the handmade; he runs a digital magazine featuring all things southern gentlemen. The perfect juxtaposition of the old and the new, Eve and Cooper are the beautiful people. The lucky ones. And they have the wealth and name that comes from being part of an old Georgia family. But things may not be as good as they seem. Eve’s sister, Willa, is staying with the family until she gets “back on her feet.” Their daughter, Gwen, is all adolescent rebellion. And Cooper thinks Eve works too much. Still, the Morrison marriage is strong. After twenty-one years together, Eve and Cooper know each other. They count on each other. They know what to expect. But when Cooper and Willa are involved in a car accident, the questions surrounding the event bring the family close to breaking point. Sifting between the stories—what Cooper says, what Willa remembers, what the evidence indicates—Eve has to find out what really happened. And what she’s going to do about it.

Judy’s Thoughts:  Eve Morrison is like so many other women these days — engaged in developing her business, raising her teenage daughter, and trying to stay in step with her husband, Cooper, from one of Savannah’s oldest and most prestigious families. Eve and her sister, Willa, grew up in a completely differently household with unsupportive parents who also didn’t have a whole lot of money. 

When Willa and her husband, Cooper, are in a bad car accident, and her sister can’t remember what happened, her husband’s story of the accident doesn’t quite add up.  Eve’s afraid of knowing the truth, but something inside her — the strong part, the part she hasn’t acknowledged she even had — forces her to examine her husband further.

I’ve always wanted to go to Savannah, and the book’s details of the town and its rich history made me feel like I was right there.  Eve is the kind of person we’d all want around — caring, sensitive, dedicated to her family, and hard working — and her struggles to raise her teenage daughter are both familiar and easy to relate to. Interwoven in the book is Eve’s printing business and the line of inspirational cards she’s developing that help her see her way through a dark time.

Eve does what so many of us do — ignore a problem, allow ourselves to believe something that isn’t true — but so many of us don’t ever face the problem and look for the true answer. Eve does. That’s the best part of the story.

 

Judy Mollen Walters is the author of Child of Mine (March, 2013) and The Opposite of Normal (February, 2014).  She can be found at judymollenwalters.com, on Facebook at Judy Mollen Walters author, or on twitter @judymwalters.  Judy is also one of my dearest friends.  I can never thank her enough for her love of books, and how she helped broaden my love.  She is an excellent author and friend, what more could I ask for!!

Patti Callahan Henry is the author of tenprevious novels, she is one of the kindest and loveliest people.  I met Patti last year and she immediately just opens up.  If rumors are true she was quite the girls on the Auburn campus a few years ago, welcoming or orientations rep or some such.  If you meet her you can see her in that role easily.  A true southerner Patti currently lives in Birmingham Alabama.  She can be found on her website, facebook and twitter.  Her back list is wonderful should you decide you want more.

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