“What a terrible thing pride is. If it were only my life to be lost, I could almost be grateful, for in posting it I have found it.”
“Attraction isn’t something that only happens once, with one person. It’s part of what drives humans. Our attraction to each other, to art, to food, to entertainment. Attraction is fun. Relationships are hard for that very reason. Your body and your heart don’t stop finding the beauty and the attraction in other people simply because you’ve made a commitment to one person.”
“Well… now, I’m starting to think.. you don’t know what might be coming next. And it might be something nice. Something good, even though everything before it wasn’t good at all.”
“Just the two of us. Lying under the hot sky. And I expect there must be some kind of tonic in the air, some kind of vaporous love potion, because I cannot look at this man without desiring to touch him… I am punch drunk, I am dead gone.”
“Maybe there are people in the world who are meant to be alone. Maybe they touch lives for brief moments, intermittent connections with long-lasting effects. Maybe we’re meant to learn from our goodbyes. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s all a bunch of nonsense that sounds good in theory but rips you apart, leaving everything broken.”
“An absorbing tale of love, loss, and the ties that bind..” -Booklist
So, yes, I didn’t like this book. But, I didn’t like it because it felt real. Therese Anne Fowler did an incredible job writing a book that makes the reader feel uncomfortable, tense, angry, disappointed and just down-right sad.
After breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.
The iconic Olive returns and struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine.
Thank you Atria Books for gifting me a copy of The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell. “Be careful who you