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Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner Book Review

Reasons For Reading This Book:

If you have followed my blog or book reviews for a while then you will know that my best friend and I are always recommending or not recommend books to one another. We have both read The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner and liked it so she decided to read another one of the author’s books, Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner. My best friend told me that she did not expect the ending but very much enjoyed the book and recommended it. In between book club books I picked up a copy from the library and got to reading it. My best friend said nothing else about the book and I did not read the summary before starting it. I just jumped right in!

Content of This Book:

The unexpected death of famous artist Henry Wyatt in the small beach town of Sag Harbor brought together a group of people. Emma Mapson is a single mother raising a teen who loves her job at the American Hotel. Emma was born and raised in Sag Harbor and has never dreamed of leaving. Her teenage daughter, Penny, inherited Henry Wyatt's Sag Harbor architectural masterpiece of a house and art collection. Henry's death brings Manhattan acclaimed art patron Bea Winstead, Henry's lifelong friend and former business partner to Sag Harbor, a place she never understood why he left New York for. Emma and Bea have opposing views of how Henry's house and inheritance should be handled. In hopes of discovering the clues left behind by Henry, unexpected twists draw them together in their fights 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.

What I Liked About This Book:

Once I realized how many characters were involved in the narration, I was worried that some of the narration would sound the same and blend together instead of each character having their own voice and standing out. Overall the author made each character’s voice unique and varied depending on who they are. With the vast differences in the character’s (age, social class, occupation, etc.) the author was able to give a well-rounded perspective of the entire story because each character played a different role and had different opinions about what was happening. I feel as though there is a character or parts of characters that all readers can relate to in some way. While reading I found myself rooting for one character at a certain part and then doing the same for a different character at a different part. Each character was developed well by showing both highs and lows, good qualities and not so good qualities. The author also had each character have a true high point and a low point making their inclusion in the plot meaningful and impactful. The frequency of each character’s inclusion in the narrative varied depending on their involvement in the current plot point. I liked that the author did not just add a section from a character just because we had not heard from them in a while. Each section of narration was intentional and worthwhile for the progression of the plot. I always forget to mention this is the reasons for reading, but my best friend’s college degree is in art history and so is her career. I love that she recommends books to me about art because it is something I don’t know much about and am happy to learn. This book taught me about a side of art and the art world that I did not know much about. These teachable moments were weaved into the narration and helped me to understand the importance of the art and legacy of an artist. As a reader who always wants to know more, I appreciated the epiloge and thank the author for giving an ending and then some. The last thing I will say is that the premise of the book does not seem all too interesting but it really becomes an entertaining and engaging plot from start to finish.

What I Disliked About This Book:

There is nothing I disliked about the book other than wanting to have a chapter or prologue from Henry Wyatt the artist who died suddenly and in all due respect started this mess. I get why the author did not do this because he was not alive to be a part of the narrative, but his perspective would have been interesting and insightful. I guess another thing that I disliked about the book was the perspective it gave me on OCD, mental health, and treatment of mental health. I agree with some of the things that were said and done to ‘treat’ Penny's OCD. As someone with OCD it did reignite habits in me that I had broken. I also found myself frustrated with this plot point and how it was handled by the doctor and parents. This is solely a personal opinion and stems from my personal experiences.

Would I Recommend This Book?

I was so engrossed in the plot and characters that I read this book very quickly. I was always thinking about it and anticipated when I got to pick it up next. Whether you are into art of not there is something in the book for everyone. I recommend it and feel like it is a worthwhile read. 

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