Title: All the Best People
Author: Sonja Yoerg
Genre: fiction, women’s lit
Is this part of a series? No.
Publish date: May 2, 2017
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this gem from First to Read. I am, as always, extremely grateful.
I want to start at the beginning. Solange is beautiful, kind, smart…. and poor. She works at a hotel to help her family with money. In comes a man with his father, Osbourne. Moneyed, handsome… and staring at her. After a whirlwind courtship the two marry without their families’ blessings, sure that love will carry them through. And at first it does… but different upbringing brings different ideals and when theirs clash, Solange begins to see that she may not know the man she married. Her daughter, Carole, is her light and love. One night, one mistake…. a new baby. Osbourne finds that the child is not his, and cannot accept it. Solange, in desperation tries to disappear with her children….
It is the seventies now. Carole is older, married, and has three children that she loves dearly. Her life is ordinary, and perfect. She has taken care of her sister all her life, as was her mother’s wish. She visits her mother at the mental hospital that where she has spent most of Carole’s life. Solange is confused, frightened at times.
Something is going on with Carole. She hears things, voices… things that were easy for her are hard now. She dare not tell anyone, for fear that she will be taken from her family, like her mother. Carole tries her best to hide it, but everyone can see something is different, and react differently. Her youngest, Allison, had always relied heavily on her mother. She feels it worst, and seeks answers and friendship elsewhere. Her husband, Warren, is hurt and confused.
When tragedy threatens the family, she can’t hold it together anymore and the truth comes out. How will they move forward? And how much of the present is tied to the past?
I loved this book! I loved how it was told in different points of view so that you got a better rounded idea of everyone and everything. I loved the flawed, intriguing characters, and the way the story flowed. Honestly, there was nothing I didn’t like about this book. I will be buying a copy- maybe some as gifts along the road too.
The way that the author addressed mental illness and how it is treated then, and later, made it very real to me. I felt for Solange, and Carole. Carole’s fear and pain cut me deeply, I cannot imagine trying to go through that alone. I highly recommend this book. Five stars!
On the adult content scale, there is language and sexual content. I would still give this book to a mature teen, but be aware. I give it a seven.
The book comes out next Tuesday- 5-2-17!
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