From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin.
Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn’t protect her from life’s cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve’s young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son.
When Emma’s own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother’s doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her–until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back…but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley.
So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?
Emma London has worked hard to build a life for her and her young daughter. Even though she’s done a pretty good job, it’s still far from how she grew up.
As the granddaughter of the famous Genevieve London of Genevieve London Designs, her future should have been assured. Instead, she was left devastated by her mother’s death, deserted by an uncaring father and then finally tossed aside as a pregnant teen.
Now after all of these years, Genevieve has the audacity to reach out for a favor. She wants Emma and Riley to live with her during her final days. But what she doesn’t know is that it’s really a chance for her to come to terms with past – once and for all.
My reflection in the glass showed me for what I was—not a discerning consumer, not a fashionable woman, just an ordinary-looking person with her dark blond hair pinned up in a graceless bun, wearing dark pants and a dark shirt, both polyester. This morning, I thought I looked nice. Crisp. Professional. Right now, I looked droopy, hot and . . . scared. This was not how Genevieve would’ve crafted me.
In Life and Other Inconveniences, Kristan masterfully navigates the complex subjects of parenthood, sacrifice and forgiveness. Each of her characters come alive in all of their glorious imperfection and somehow still find their way into your heart.
It’s in the way that Genevieve discovers her true capacity to love. It’s in the way that Miller fights so hard for Tess and it’s in the way that Emma will do absolutely anything for Riley.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll savor every emotion that you will experience while reading this book. And you’ll find that love - in all of its heartbreaking forms - is well worth the fight…
Parenting isn’t always a peachy-colored glow. Half the time, it’s just showing up and doing your best.
An Excerpt From Life and Other Inconveniences ~
When I called Genevieve back and told her we were coming—including Pop, who would be staying elsewhere—there’d been a long pause. “Thank you,” she finally said.
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