"And once you could determine what a woman needed, you could give it to her, even while taking everything else: her time and money, her breath and sweat, her love, her mind, her youth." ~ pg. 155
In debut novel, The House of Deep Water, three women return home to little 'ole River Bend, Michigan, with good intentions. It is as if they never left. That creepy man is finally caught for hurting children in his basement. Sisters bond together despite their personal struggles. A mother returns to her abandoned children only to ask estranged husband for a divorce. All the love affairs, secrets and scandal come out! There really is no place like home.
"There's no complication, nothing binding them together, so that each day they spend with each other is a choice. She wants to continue choosing him. She wants that freedom." ~ pg. 65
Bookhearts know that I am not a fan of multiple characters. At first, I had a hard time keeping them all straight but fell into a groove before I reached the 50-page mark. Each person in this small Michigan town of River Bend had a story to tell with interesting history. Every person experienced pain and proved that life must move on.
This new grown-woman novel is full of gems that perfectly state how women feel and are treated. I have so many highlights from different characters' point of view. It really makes you think and appreciate mature womanhood, love, freedom, community and family. Author Jeni McFarland, I have my eye out for your work now! Very well written.
Happy Early Pub Day, Jeni McFarland! The House of Deep Water will be available Tuesday, April 21.
Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.
Author: Jeni McFarland
Published: April 2020
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤