Esme Cahill Fails Spectacularly by Marie Bostwick

I learned a new word recently. Apricity. It means the warmth of the sun in winter. That’s kind of how I feel after reading the latest Marie Bostwick book. I felt warmed in winter. Esme returns home after a major change in her life and career. She thinks she’s failed spectacularly, but she hasn’t. What she’s given is a chance to learn more about her family, her upbringing, and the people who mean the most to her. Sometimes a significant change later in life isn’t such a horrible thing. In actuality, it’s exactly what we need. With a dual POV from past and present, we learned so much about this family, the life they lead, and the choices they made. Beautiful, insightful, funny, and heartwarming. Apricity.

Releases May 30th ~ Get it on Amazon

From the Cover...
From the author of The Restoration of Celia Fairchild, comes a novel about the meaning of family and the places we call home. If you love “southern summer” fiction authors like Mary Alice Monroe and Kristy Woodson Harvey you’ll love this delicious novel about family, friendship, and finding your true path in life.

Esme Cahill thinks she has failed spectacularly: fired from her New York City publishing job, divorced from her husband, and possessing little more than a broken-down car and a pile of unfinished manuscripts, she drives home to Asheville at the request of her late grandmother, Adele, who had begged her, just before she died, to return to the place she grew up.

There she discovers the once-charming lakeside retreat run by her family is sliding toward financial ruin, so with the help of her grandfather, George; estranged mother, Robyn; and a travelling chef Dawes (maker of the world’s best grilled cheese sandwich) they set to work. In the attic, Esme unearths a trove of museum-worthy art quilts, sewn by Adele. Piecing together the inspiration behind them, Esme discovers a forgotten chapter in her family history and her grandmother’s untold story, that of a gifted artist who never received her due.

This is an always-emotional, sometimes humorous, very human novel of what it means to be family—the ties that bind us together and the unintentional hurts that can rend us apart. And, along the way, Esme learns that failure can be the first step toward the life you’re meant to find.

*Thank you to William Morrow Publishing for sharing this title with me.
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