Title: The Goodbye Cousins
Author: Maggie Lefler
Genre: Women’s Fiction
From the publisher’s website:
“Your family will find you.” It was the last thing Diotima Linzer’s mother, Roxanne, ever told her. But this was the same mother who kidnapped Di when she was eleven and fled to Europe where her broken-hearted father—and the FBI—would never find them. Now a single mom herself, Di is making a belated return to the States with her two-year-old son, Max, searching for the father she lost. That means moving in temporarily with her cousin Alecia and Alecia’s fiancé, Ben, in a Pittsburgh apartment crowded with wedding gifts.
If that’s not already a recipe for disaster, Di soon finds herself falling for the wealthy, handsome, “nearly divorced” father who hires her as a nanny for his troubled teenage son, while her cousin Alecia, preoccupied by her promotion to television news anchor and a prenup she hasn’t mentioned to her fiancé, has to cope with the sudden reappearance of her estranged mother—who may hold the secret to Di’s parents’ past. Suddenly these two very different cousins—one searching for direction in the universe, the other desperate to stop her well-ordered life from unraveling—are about to discover that the family they thought they’d lost may have found them instead.
Why I abandoned this book:
I gave up on The Goodbye Cousins at about 70 pages in. I gave it a fair chance, but I found that even that far in, I had no idea what was going on. I was confused about the main character’s past and just felt like I was missing a lot. Part of that might have been because it was a sequel, though from what I understand, the first book wasn’t exactly about this character. I have no idea if more of Di’s backstory was revealed in that book, but all I know is that I wasn’t enjoying this one because I didn’t know what was happening.
A quick look at reviews:
The one customer review on Amazon.com seems to violently disagree with my take on this book because they gave it a 5 star review – but then again, that reviewer is Harriet Klausner, notorious for giving every book a 5 star review, so I’ll take that with a grain of salt. On LibraryThing, there is only one rating, but it’s a 4 star review. Jennifer from Literate Housewife reviewed The Goodbye Cousins and liked it.
I borrowed this format for reviewing unfinished books from Beth Fish Reads.