Eliot Gordon would do anything for her family. A 38-year-old working mother, she lives an ordinary but fulfilling life in suburban Atlanta with her partner, Grant Delaney, and their three daughters. The two older girls are actually Eliot's stepdaughters, a distinction she is reluctant to make as she valiantly attempts to maintain a safe, happy household . . .
Then Finn Montgomery, Eliot's long-lost first love, appears, triggering a shocking chain of events that culminates in a split-second decision that will haunt her beloved family forever. How Eliot survives-and what she loses in the process-is a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever loved a child. With hilarious honesty, wrenching depth, and a knockout twist, I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE illuminates the unbreakable bonds of family and reveals the lengths we'll go to save each other, even as we can't save ourselves.
This was a very enjoyable read, as well as a quick one. Eliot is a likeable, yet human protagonist who is flawed just like the rest of us. Her partner, Grant, is also likeable although I couldn’t help but think he was also relatively weak, especially when it came to footing the bill for his ex-wife.
The daughters are all typical of a blended family and their portrayal is honest and heart-wrenching. When tragedy occurs, Eliot is forced to make a tough decision that ends up tearing her family apart. Although I think the majority of people would make the same decision that she does, the others involved can’t help but judge her for choosing one over the other.
I couldn’t help but think that Finn was sort of thrown in there as a wrench to keep this story together. While he does act as a catalyst for the things that have gone wrong, there is no real resolution to his character. Without giving spoilers away, he seems to appear when convenient and disappear when convenient as well.
The only thing I didn’t really understand is the description of the “knockout twist” in this book. I didn’t experience that at all so I am unsure about what that was. Overall though, this book is an open and honest portrayal of a loving family that experiences tragic circumstances. I think this novel will appeal to a wide variety of audiences, but especially to those who have blended families.
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