Life and Other Inconveniences BOOK REVIEW


Goodreads SummaryEmma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from a wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn't protect her from life's cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve's young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son.

When Emma's own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother's doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her - until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back. . .but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley.

So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?

MY REVIEW: Oh what a book...single teen mom on her own after her wealthy grandmother kicks her out, but 18 years later that said grandmother needs her back to help as she dies from a brain tumor. 

But wait, there are several decades of pain and history that all lead to this. A missing child, a grieving mother and widow, a self-centered man who is living with a horrific secret, a mother who is depressed and in need of help no one can offer, a little girl abandoned by the one person she thought would always be there for her, a spoiled teenage boyfriend who pretends he is responsible but not fooling anyone, a widower with a young child who feels like he is a failure, a mom of teenager who is beyond proud of her daughter and is learning to accept life and find love, a grandfather who lost a child and a wife, but still loves with all his heart, a teenager who is smart and accomplished and brings everyone together. 

My new favorite (NON psychological thriller) book. A must read that is worth all the uncontrollable tears and laughter.