Contemporary, Family, Fiction

Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonder by Julianna Baggott

So I know it may seem like I haven’t been reading but I promise you that I have! I’ve just not had the time to sit down and write about it in this blog. And I feel terrible about it, I really do. But it has been such a mission to just finish reading all of these amazing novels that I have really just been too exhausted to write! Anyways, I’m catching up now and will write as many as I possibly can today!

Harriet Wolf is a reclusive authoress who has made her mark in literature through her Wonder series while also playing the role of family matriarch. However, it is only after she dies that her family comes together to solve one of the biggest mysteries of all time – Harriet, herself. Will it be revealed in her rumored final book, one that no one has seen or heard of? Or is the truth lost forever? The story progresses in the voice of the four Wolf women: Harriet herself; her fiery and overprotective daughter Eleanor; and Eleanor’s two children – Ruth, the impulsive soul-seeker, and Tilton, the naive yet loveable glue that holds everyone together. Through each of their perspectives, the women circle closer and closer to the truth behind Harriet – and the legacy that they carry.

This novel was amazing. Rich and evocative, it brought out so much emotion; I was literally trying to hold back tears while reading on the subway (I’m sure I scared a lot of people who were commuting along with me). This book had me laughing, crying, and gasping in suspense with every turn of the page. I loved every single female character in this novel – each was unique yet the same and it made for such a beautiful connection. This was a story about family and all of the craziness, pain, and happiness that comes from motherhood, sisterhood, and daughterhood (yes, I just made up a word. BUT IT FITS). This novel both broke my heart and pieced it together all at the same time. This is DEFINITELY on my TO BUY list and I recommend it to anyone looking for a lovely realistic fiction novel on family that highlights strong female characters. I really hope this author produces more books because she is fantastic. I also really hope that loads of people read this novel because you would honestly be MISSING OUT if you didn’t!

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