Monday 27 February 2023

Review: The Garnett Girls by Georgina Moore

Forbidden, passionate and all-encompassing, Margo and Richard’s love affair was the stuff of legend– but, ultimately, doomed.

When Richard walked out, Margo locked herself away, leaving her three daughters, Rachel, Imogen and Sasha, to run wild.

Years later, charismatic Margo entertains lovers and friends in her cottage on the Isle of Wight, refusing to ever speak of Richard and her painful past. But her silence is keeping each of the Garnett girls from finding true happiness.

Rachel is desperate to return to London, but is held hostage by responsibility for Sandcove, their beloved but crumbling family home.

Dreamy Imogen feels the pressure to marry her kind, considerate fiancé, even when life is taking an unexpected turn.

And wild, passionate Sasha, trapped between her fractured family and controlling husband, is weighed down by a secret that could shake the family to its core…

Review: This was a family saga of pretty grand proportions. There is drama, there is intrigue, there is glamour and there is self-reflection. The Garnett Girls are an eclectic bunch of women who make for some interesting reading and I enjoyed this glimpse into their lives. 

Margo was the person I connected with the most. She is the matriarch of the family but has always struggled with the idea of having it all. She is someone who realises your children can’t be your whole life and that she has to live for herself, but where does the line fall, what is too much and what is not enough? She has had to deal with this dilemma since her first daughter was born and then she had the added pressure of the girls not having the best support in the form of a father or a husband for her. 

Rachel, Sasha and Imogen seem to go on the biggest journey over the course of the book discovering each other, their mother and themselves in the process. I empathised with a lot of the struggles that they face because I think that we are at a similar position in our lives but their behaviour when they were around each other, as well as their behaviour when they were in their childhood home was sometimes a lot to handle. 

I listened to this on audiobook thanks to a review copy and I will say that sometimes I had trouble keeping track of which Garnett Girl was being focused on, where we were and what time period we were in. I think this is one of those books that would work better as a physical or an ebook or would pair well with a copy you could read at the same time as listening to the audio which was incredibly well-narrated.

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