“They say we shouldn’t ask a question if we couldn’t handle the answer. I almost hadn’t asked mine. Almost.”
Thank you, Lake Union Publishing for gifting me a copy of MILLICENT GLENN’S LAST WISH by Tori Whitaker.
“Millicent Glenn is self-sufficient and contentedly alone in the Cincinnati suburbs. As she nears her ninety-first birthday, her daughter Jane, with whom she’s weathered a shaky relationship, suddenly moves back home. Then Millie’s granddaughter shares the thrilling surprise that she’s pregnant. But for Millie, the news stirs heartbreaking memories of a past she’s kept hidden for too long. Maybe it’s time she shared something, too. Millie’s last wish? For Jane to forgive her.
Sixty years ago, Millie was living a dream. She had a husband she adored, a job of her own, a precious baby girl, and another child on the way. They were the perfect family. All it took was one irreversible moment to shatter everything, reshaping Millie’s life and the lives of generations to come.
As Millie’s old wounds are exposed, so are the secrets she kept for so long. Finally revealing them to her daughter might be the greatest risk a mother could take in the name of love.”
What a heartfelt story this was! It was a beautiful tribute to the relationships between mothers and daughters and the secrets that we often keep hidden from others. From the first page, I knew that I would feel a connection to the storyline and the characters – it was just the book that I needed to read.
Because the storyline was set in Cincinnati, I felt a stronger connection to the book – I grew up visiting family in that area, as well as running around with friends in Over-the-Rhine and tagging along to Red’s games with my husband. I could feel the pull of the city while reading Millicent Glenn’s story.
Just like with any story focusing on someone’s past, there are always difficult memories to remember. Some pages were hard for me to read as I know that there are likely people in my family who had those same experiences. It’s hard for me to believe that just sixty years ago some medical practices were allowed and that women’s voices were often silenced by society.
MILLICENT GLENN’S LAST WISH was a beautiful read, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book about family.
This book will be published on October 1, 2020, and is available for pre-order now.