Through my travels and delays this past weekend to Indianapolis, I was able to get a lot of relaxing reading done via airplanes and airports.
Thanks to that, I finished the book I’ve been working on for a little while, “Where We Belong” by Emily Griffin.
The story follows two characters, Kirby and Marian, who serve as the narrators of the story via their respective chapters.
Without giving away too much of the story, the first of our narrators, Marian, a powerful producer in New York, has a secret shes kept from everyone. At 18, she found herself pregnant and in the midst of an emotional summer romance. Enter the second narrator, the resulting kiddo, Kirby, whom at 18 she decided to put up for adoption so that Kirby would have the opportunities Marian felt she deserved. The story follows the two of them as Kirby comes of age and decides to take it into her own hands to find out more about her birth parents and where she came from. The ebb and flow of the relationship Kirby has with her parents, as well as her birth parents, kept me interested and invested in where the story was going to go until the very end.
This was Emily’s newest book, and I am no stranger to her as I have read all of her previous books (and absolutely LOVED them). I can’t recommend any of her books enough. If you are looking for a fun, easy read with a likely chance of falling in love with some characters, pick up anything by Ms. Griffin (I mean come on, has everyone seen Something Borrowed?).
With that said, this book was a different experience for me than I’ve had reading her other books. I hadn’t heard much about this specific story, and I think I went in expecting a very similar experience to what I’ve had in the past reading her novels, which I did not get. I struggled a bit with the novel in the beginning, as the story was developing. It could have just been my own reading of the novel, but I feltl it had a slow beginning as we were introduced to the characters. By about a quarter of the way in, things really picked up and once again I really looked forward to picking up the book every single time.
Something I really appreciated through out the story was the way she depicted family dynamics, both with Kirby and her blood relatives as well as the parents that raised her. I felt she did a wonderful job of staying true to the flux of emotions, changes, and dynamic nature of being a part of ANY family. I loved reading the changes that Kirby and her families fought through, and really respect Emily’s ability to depict very complicated interactions in a way that just felt right.
As I already mentioned, I recommend anything Emily writes, including Where We Belong.