We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange: Book Review

This is the story of an Irish family reuniting after a well-kept secret drove them apart.  The devotyed daughter, Sunday, fled to New York for a mysterious reason. Her three brothers and her boyfriend do not understand why she has cut herself off from the family. When she’s involved in a serious car accident, while driving drunk, her older brother it’s called by the hospital staff as next of kin. He brings her back to thier hometown where event unfold.  Two of the brothers are opening a second bar and one is keeping secrets from the other which could cause financial ruin. Her boyfriend has married and has a child but still feels the same about her. Sunday slowly unravels the secrets and motives, including her own.

 It has the flavour of Heartland or Virgin River. When the whole story comes out, everything makes sense. It is a story of loyalty, love, family,  deceit, and forgiveness. Tracy Lange portrays the characters in such a way ice to make the reader feel they know them. They’re the kind of people you would like to have in your own family. The writing style is simple and straightforward, linear, and told from an omniscient viewpoint focussing on Sunny.

It doesn’t seem possible to have a happy ending after everything that’s happened but Tracy Lane brings it all to a satisfying conclusion.

4 stars

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