Updated: Apr 19
70-year-old Charlotte enters and wins an essay contest enabling her to take her family on 10-day all-expense-paid European Cruise. She hopes to regain some of the closeness she felt with her children when they were young and living as a family with her husband Winston, their emotionally abusive father. During the cruise, her children all come to question what they believe to be true about themselves, each other, and their parents. Charlotte's family members love each other immensely, but the secrets they have kept for so many years emotionally distance them. None of them are sure if it will ever be possible to break down the barriers that prevent them from trusting each other, or themselves. I liked that Charlotte was also looking for, and found romance on the ship, as we don't often get to read about older adults having hot, exciting affairs! Writer Amanda Eyre Ward was fortunate to have this book chosen for the March 2020 Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Book Club. This was a fast, easy, engrossing read, one of those books you just won't want to put down. Hardcover 352 pages, Audiobook 8 hours.