Publishing Date January 17, 2017
The lowdown from Goodreads
On a cozy street in Philadelphia, three neighboring families have become the best of friends. They can’t imagine life without one another—until one family outgrows their tiny row house. In a bid to stay together, a crazy idea is born: What if they tear down the walls between their homes and live together under one roof? And so an experiment begins.
Celia and Mark now have the space they need. But is this really what Celia’s increasingly distant husband wants? Stephanie embraces the idea of one big, happy family, but has she considered how it may exacerbate the stark differences between her and her husband, Chris? While Hope always wanted a larger family with Leo, will caring for all the children really satisfy that need?
Behind closed doors, they strive to preserve the closeness they treasure. But when boundaries are blurred, they are forced to question their choices…and reimagine the true meaning of family.
I was Really Into This book. I love a good slumber party & I’ve often thought how awesome it would be if I had my favorite people with me all the time. Like, if I could get my best friends to live next door to me, that would be EVERYTHING.
Well, that’s exactly what three families do in this book. They live in row houses stacked against each other & when one family wants to say, “See ya!” to the neighborhood to get more space, the other two families step in & come up with a crazy idea to take down their bottom floor walls & share a communal living space.
Now, I know a lot of folks would be like, “Heck, no,” but hear me out- this actually works well for these three families- at first. There’s Celia & Mark- she works all the time & he just had a major health scare & is now becoming distant towards his family. There’s Stephanie & Chris- she’s a professional organizer who loves yoga & seems like she’d be fun at Happy Hour, while he likes to pick the kids up from school, likes routines & traditions & isn’t very happy with his job right now. Last, there’s Hope & Leo- Leo knows all about food & good wine, but he’s not really present for family time, while Hope is a stay at home Mom & relishes in her new role as, “Mommy Hope” to all the children.
This book has everything I love; relationships, secrets, family/work life issues, parenting issues, friendships, affairs, pregnancies- I was REALLY into it. It’s got heart, it kept my attention, it’s a quick read & one you definitely want to talk about with your girlfriends & read again on a rainy day. I want this book to be a TV family drama, like Parenthood. It’s really great & it’s out today.
Special thanks to Elizabeth LaBan, Melissa DePino, Lake Union Publishing & NetGalley for providing my copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.