A Modern Family by Helga Flatland (Blog Tour)

GIFTED / Today it’s my stop for A Modern Family blog tour.
I want to say thank you to Anne Carter for inviting me.

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About the book:

When Liv, Ellen, and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s 70th birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce. Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, and forces them to reconstruct the shared narrative of their childhood and family history. A bittersweet novel of regret, relationships, and rare psychological insights, A Modern Family encourages us to look at the people closest to us a little more carefully, and ultimately reveals that it’s never too late for change

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Review:

This review will be short and simple.

A Modern Family is a general fiction story that took me over 10 days to finish. I don’t mind it though, because I feel like you get most out of this novel by taking your time with it.

You see, it is a thought provoking story that makes readers think about human relationships and how they shape people, not only those that are in those particular relationships, but also those close to them.

It is also book that will probably make readers analyse their own lives and how their parents status shapes them into humans they are.

The story follows a family who goes together on a trip to Italy, where parents of three grown children announce that they are divorcing.

The story is written in first person, following three perspectives: Liv, Ellen and Hakon who are children of Sverre and Torrill.

Reading their POV’s, we see how Sverre and Torrill by being in a marriage for 40 years accidentally put pressure on their children to have happy marriage and successful life, and how their relationship affected them.

The writing style is good. I feel like it was even better in it’s original language, even though the translator did a great job.

The book was easy to read even though it did took me some time to finish.

I think this book is perfect for readers who like slow, everyday stories that make you think about life.

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