Filled with insights that are hallmarks of Anna Quindlen's bestsellers, this extraordinary novel is about a woman coming of age, as she unearths secrets about her family and her town, and surprising truths about herself.
Anna Quindlen’s Miller’s Valley tells the story of a small rural town and its 6400 acres of families and farms through the eyes of Mary Margaret Miller, daughter of a small farmer and fix it man whose family lived in Miller’s Valley for generations. Mary Margaret, fondly know as Mimi, loves the farm and working alongside her dad, but the threat of eminent domain in order to build the Valley Federal Recreation Area threatens all she has ever known and loved. As the years fall away and the threat to flood the valley becomes more evident, Mimi’s life also changes in ways she never expected. Love and loss seem to be the order of her day as she grows and changes into a young woman. With grit and determination she holds her family together through tragic events while preparing herself for a future that no longer seems certain.
What I liked best about Miller’s Valley was seeing the characters and the events of their lives being told through the eyes of Mary Margaret (Mimi). The reader was able to get a real sense of what motivated each character and how their actions, both good and bad, affected one another. I was able to watch Mimi grow, make tragic mistakes and fiercely love and protect her family. I did not see the twist coming at the end of the story and appreciated that the author did not give definitive answers, but let the reader draw their own conclusions and kept them wondering long after the last page was turned.
Miller’s Valley evolved slow and deliberately giving the reader a little more with each page.
I appreciate being given an advanced copy of Miller's Valley for a fair and honest review.
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