I enjoyed reading The Whittiers by Danielle Steel. Preston and Constance
Whittier go on a “wintermoon” each year.
Unfortunately, this one was their last.
We see how their six adult children cope with the loss of their parents.
I was drawn into the story. I like the author’s writing style which is
relaxed and friendly. The story moved along at a fast clip. There are quite a few characters to keep
track of. I found it easier as I got
further into the story. I liked that the characters were not perfect. Each character had something happening in their
lives (life is messy). Benjie is the youngest son, and he is at the
high end of the autism spectrum. The
family soon learns just how much their mother did for Benjie. The family will need to step up to fill the
gap. Benjie provides many of the
uplifting and funny moments in the book.
Annabelle is the youngest child, and she was on a downward spiral before
her parents’ death. After the parent’s
death, Annabelle’s life quickly spirals out of control. The four older siblings are needed to handle
the parent’s estate and help their youngest siblings. There
are many moving moments in this emotional story. I found myself staying up late to finish The
Whittiers. It is a story that will leave
you with a smile on your face. My one negative
is the repetition of backstory details. It
is a trait found in all of this author’s books, and I really wish she would
discontinue doing it. The Whittiers is a
feel-good story with grief, regret, love, humor, and family. I enjoyed seeing the family came together
after such a tragic event. The Whittiers
is a touching tale with a terrible tragedy, a dreadful divorce, an unrestrained
sister, dear dogs, a captivating Italian, cute kids, and a happy house.
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