The House We Grew Up In – Lisa Jewell

Posted: August 23, 2013 in general fiction, Review

the house we grew up inMeg Bird’s mother, Lorelei, has just died and she heads to her cottage to clean it up, her daughter Molly in tow.  This is a massive job as Lorelei was a hoarder.  Meg’s siblings are due home for their mother’s funeral and to help clean the cottage.  The Bird family aren’t close and haven’t been together in the same place since one tragic Easter.

As Lorelei’s emails to a love interest reveal her memories of her family, the book jumps from present to the past and events are revealed, giving an insight into the children became distant from each other.

The Birds are a rather odd family and it was fascinating to find out the reasons why they were so dysfunctional.  This book was a fascinating glimpse into how starting in slow steps from having collections, someone becomes a hoarder and explains why it happens.  The plot was interesting and I found the jumping back and forth in time easy to follow – the dates at the beginning of each segment helped.

The characters were likeable and easy to become involved with. Meg’s forgiveness of Bill seemed a little too quick to me to be believable but everyone is different.  I liked the ending as the cleaning out seemed to banish ghosts and be the start of new beginnings for everyone.  A good book to read, enjoyable with an interesting story.


Supplied by Random House

Reviewed by Jan

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