Monday, April 12, 2021

A Million Reasons Why - NetGalley Review

Four stars for me! 

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my honest review.*

Caroline's life seems almost idyllic - married to a loving husband, 3 kids, and a wonderful childhood. And then Walt and Caroline give DNA kits for Christmas (a gag gift, maybe?) and everyone does the test and forgets about it. And then Caroline gets an email from a woman saying they are half sisters. And life implodes.

Sela developed aggressive kidney disease while pregnant and went into labor early. She is dealing with the loss of her marriage and her mother and being a single mom while also trying to deal with the disease progression and constant tests.

The story switches back and forth between Caroline's and Sela's points of view and it is done quite well. Strawser's writing is very prose like and flows very well and I found it very hard to put down. This wasn't my first Strawser novel, but it might be my favorite. I feel like the DNA testing story line is very relevant now and the novel put a different spin on just finding lost or unknown family members.

I liked seeing Caroline's thought process from how she thought her life and childhood was to having her eyes opened to some meddling that she wasn't aware of before the DNA tests. Thing were unveiled in a well paced process and not overwhelming. This was a great story!

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