Family Inheritance by Terri Ann Leidich is a story of abuse, infidelity and rape. But more importantly, it is a story of forgiveness, acceptance and personal growth.
Three sisters are reunited at their dying mother’s bedside. They have lived through a very abusive loveless childhood. The three sisters have not seen each other in many, many years and they have all tried to bury their pasts. Because of this, they are all living highly dysfunctional lives. One sister is living with a husband who has had multiple affairs and a son who has begun drinking. Another sister is an alcoholic who can only get close to a man when she is drunk. The third sister, who is greatly overweight, is married to an abusive drunk.
It is not until they are all reunited that they are forced to face their past and the feelings that they have buried deep inside. They all come to the realization that the only way they can improve their futures is to deal with the past and try for forgiveness. They each deal with this in their own ways and it is a struggle for all of them. Can they forgive their mother, their father, each other and themselves to move into a brighter future?
Family Inheritance is a well written book that deals with serious social issues. The emotions contained in the book seem very real to me and at times felt gut-wrenching. From the very first page I was drawn into the drama and I had to keep turning the pages to see what would happen next.
The writing style flows smoothly and this was a quick easy read (although at times the emotional turmoil was hard to read about). The writing was raw and emotional, descriptive and informative. The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. You cannot help being drawn to them and into their worlds.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written fictional story, that is based on some sad truths of our society. And to anyone who enjoys an emotional, thought provoking read. This is the first book that I have red from this author and I am looking forward to reading more of her books.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and BQB Publishing for the opportunity to read this book.