I thoroughly enjoyed this debut from Tracey Lange! A special thanks to NetGalley and Celadon Books for my gifted copy. It’s coming out August 3rd, 2021.
SYNOPSIS: Five years ago, Sunday Brennan fled her New York home for California, leaving her family reeling and her fiancé heartbroken. When Sunday almost dies while driving drunk, Denny, her older brother and the owner of the family’s pub, insists she come home.
Sunday’s return stirs up old wounds and unsettles her ex, Kale, now a husband, father, and business partner for Denny’s new pub. Despite telling his three siblings and ailing father, Mickey, that everything is fine, Denny’s own life is unraveling: his wife has left and taken their little girl with her, and the pub’s finances are a mess. To start the new pub, Denny’s accepted a high-risk loan from an old acquaintance, ‘Belfast Billy’, whose shady dealings put the pub’s future on rocky ground. Billy’s involvement with their family eventually collides with secrets from Mickey’s past, and the reason Sunday left comes to light.
THOUGHTS: This is a compelling narrative of relational struggle and family ties. I loved the humanity and depth of these characters—tricky to pull off when your book has 4-5 points of view, but Lange does a great job of bringing the entire Brennan family to life. If you love family dramas, 3D characters and lots of secrets, you’ll like this one for sure.