Thursday, May 2, 2019

Review: Drawing Home

41716938Title: Drawing Home
Author: Jamie Brenner
368 pages, publication date May 7, 2019
Little, Brown and Company

Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

About the book:

Summer has started in idyllic Sag Harbor, and for Emma Mapson that means greeting guests at the front desk of The American Hotel. But when one of the town's most famous residents, artist Henry Wyatt, dies suddenly, Emma learns he has mysteriously left his waterfront home - a self-designed masterpiece filled with his work - to her teenage daughter, Penny.

Back in Manhattan, legendary art patron Bea Winstead's grief at her lifelong friend and former business partner Henry's passing turns to outrage at the news of his shocking bequest. How did these unknown locals get their hands on the estate? Bea, with her devoted assistant Kyle in tow, descends on Sag Harbor determined to reclaim the house and preserve Henry's legacy.

While Emma fights to defend her daughter's inheritance, Bea discovers that Henry left a treasure trove of sketches scattered around town. With Penny's reluctant help, Bea pieces them together to find a story hidden in plain sight: an illustration of their shared history with an unexpected twist that will change all of their lives.

Drawn together in their battle for the house, Emma and Bea are forced to confront the past while facing a future that challenges everything they believe about love, fate, and family.


  
I really enjoyed this book! Jamie Brenner is one of my auto-read authors, and this book did not disappoint! I loved the Sag Harbor summer setting, and I really enjoyed reading about the mother-daughter relationship between Emma and Penny--this book had so many feel good family aspects to it. I particularly liked Penny as a character and how Brenner portrayed anxiety, depression and OCD through Penny's character. I particularly liked how Penny dealt with her anxiety and OCD through her art. Such a positive message for those struggling with those things--find your "art" or whatever helps you cope. I loved Penny's terminology of "bossing back" her OCD when she was faced with an anxious situation.

The supporting characters were great too--though Bea annoyed me most of the book. Kyle and Angus were great. The ending to the book was satisfying and made for a perfect feel good read. If you're a Jamie Brenner fan, this one won't disappoint! If you haven't read Jamie Brenner--now is the time to start!
 

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