By Cathy Lamb
480 pages, publication date October 29,2019
Note: I received this book from the author and publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
As a child, Evie Lindsay was unnerved by her premonitions. As an adult, they have become a simple fact of life--sometimes disruptive but also inescapable, much like her quirky, loveable family. Evie's mother, Poppy, and her aunts, Camellia and Iris, are well known on San Orcanita island for their free-spirited ways and elaborately decorated hats. Their floral shop and Evie's bookstore draw streams of visitors all summer long. This season promises to be extra busy: Evie's sister, Jules, is getting married on the island.
As Jules plans her unconventional wedding, she arranges to do a DNA test with her mother, sister, and aunts, to see how much accepted lore about their heritage holds true. The results blow apart everything Evie has grown up believing about herself and her family. Spurred on by the revelations, Evie uncovers the real story of her past. But beyond her feelings of shock and betrayal, there are unexpected opportunities--to come to terms with a gift that has sometimes felt like a curse, to understand the secrets that surrounded her childhood, and to embrace the surprising new life that is waiting for her . . .
Cathy Lamb has been one of my favorite authors for a long time. In addition to her being an Oregonian like me,her books always make me laugh, and make me feel happy. She has her own unique, quirky and fun writing style and that style is shines through in this book. It was absolutely delightful. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it warmed my heart. I've read almost all of her books and of all of them, this is my favorite (next to The Last Time I Was Me).
This one is my favorite because I related so much to Evie (other than the premonitions, of course!). Book hoarding? Check. Animal lover who talks to their animals if they were people? Check. Introvert? Check. Often anxious? Check. I related so much to her daily life. I wanted to go to the island and work at her bookstore and drink tea and eat cake with her. I loved all the characters--especially her mom and crazy aunts. I love how the backstory of her life wove throughout the book.
This book was more than the humor and the great characters--it made you feel things. It had so many great lessons, great perspectives, and it made you think. If you haven't read Cathy Lamb's books--run RIGHT NOW to your local bookstore and pick up one of her books, especially All About Evie!