Family Tree by Susan Wiggs
Annie Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Manhattan home they share. And now, she’s pregnant with their first child.
But in an instant, her life is shattered. And when Annie awakes from a year-long coma, she discovers that time isn’t the only thing she’s lost.
Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the people she knew before, the high-school boyfriend turned ex-cop. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm.
Family Tree is the story of one woman’s triumph over betrayal, and how she eventually comes to terms with her past. It is the story of joys unrealized and opportunities regained. Complex, clear-eyed and big-hearted, funny, sad, and wise, it is a novel to cherish and to remember.
This was another book club selection.
For some reason, I seem to keep reading books where the wives get stepped all over. I hope that if I were in a relationship where I was being taken advantage of or being treated like trash, I would have the courage and smarts to get myself out.
We meet Annie and she seems to have her life’s dreams. She works for a cooking show and has just found out that she is pregnant but life takes a turn when she is in an accident that causes her to be in a coma for a year.
Annie’s horrible husband sends her back to her hometown for her family to take care of her. The story goes back and forth between the past and the present as Annie gets her life back together.
One of the more interesting things about this story is that the family runs a maple syrup farm and you get to learn a lot about how maple syrup is processed.
As Annie regains her independence, she realizes some things about her hometown and childhood that she had forgotten.
Overall, I felt this book was kind of forgettable itself. The story was fine but it wasn’t something that I couldn’t wait to pick up again.