Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A House Divided by Donna Hill Review

A HOUSE DIVIDED is general fiction that nicely combines family drama and contemporary romance. Hill manages to spend a sufficient amount of time developing both aspects in order to make the story flow well. The death of Zoie's grandmother brings her back to New Orleans and the family she has a strained connection to. Zoie's mother, Rose, represents both love and distress. Rose is a strong parent who loves Zoie, but she doesn't necessarily understand what drives Zoie. Zoie wants her family to understand and support her desire to be a successful journalist in New York, and is frustrated with their lack of interest in her career. She felt the need to leave New Orleans and all of it's family obligations, that to Zoie, felt restrictive. For Rose, and many members of the family, it felt as if Zoie was rejecting where she came from and what makes her who she is. 

When Zoie returns home she longs for her family to recognize and acknowledge the up and coming woman that she has become, but is disappointed that they still see the young, overzealous, and slightly ungrateful girl that left. Zoie, for her part, could have been more understanding and considerate of her family too. The death of her grandmother is what brings her back home, and it's her grandmother's will that leads Zoie to finding out more than she could have imagined about her family's true history and her grandmother's legacy. To add to all of this, Hill also weaves in the return of a past love that could prove to be a key piece to Zoie's overall happiness. 

A HOUSE DIVIDED could easily have been a much longer book, but Hill kept the story tightly woven and didn't allow for too much meandering down secondary storylines. I would have enjoyed some of the more complicated parts of the story being developed more. Although there were parts that were cut short, I enjoyed the story overall. 

**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

Journalist Zoie Crawford had to leave New Orleans to finally make her own life. Her grandmother, Claudia, inspired her to follow her dreams--just as her mother, Rose, held on too tight. But with Claudia's passing, Zoie reluctantly returns home, where the past is written in the lonely corners of the bayou and the New South's supercharged corridors of power. And there she discovers a stunning, painstakingly kept secret--one that could skyrocket her career, but destroy another woman's--and change both their vastly different lives, for better or for much worse.

Zoie has always put the truth first. Now, as the line between the personal and professional blurs, and she tries to understand her relatives' deception, she must face some tough questions. Is there a way to expose the truth and save those you love? And at what cost? Heartfelt, emotional, and revelatory, A House Divided is an unforgettable tale about making the hardest of choices, coming to terms with all you could lose--and finding what forgiveness and family truly mean. 

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