Eden

Eden

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg / Nov 18, 2019

Eden Becca Meister Fitzpatrick wife mother grandmother and pillar of the community is the dutiful steward of her family s iconic summer tradition until she discovers her recently deceased husband squand

  • Title: Eden
  • Author: Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
  • ISBN: 9781631521881
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • Becca Meister Fitzpatrick wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community is the dutiful steward of her family s iconic summer tradition until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter s boldness in the face of imBecca Meister Fitzpatrick wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community is the dutiful steward of her family s iconic summer tradition until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter s boldness in the face of impending single motherhood, and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago the existence of a daughter she gave up fifty years ago The question now is how her other daughter, Rachel with whom Becca has always had a strained relationship will react Eden is the account of the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, as Becca prepares to disclose her secret and her son and brothers conspire to put the estate on the market, interwoven with the century old history of Becca s family her parents beginnings and ascent into affluence, and her mother s own secret struggles in the grand home her father named Eden.

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      • Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg

        Jeanne Blasberg is a voracious observer of human nature and has kept a journal since childhood After graduating from Smith College, she surprised everyone who knew her by embarking on a career in finance, making stops on Wall Street, Macy s and Harvard Business School, where she wrote case studies and business articles A firm believer that you are never too old to change course, Jeanne enrolled at Grub Street, one of the country s pre eminent creative writing centers, where she turned her attention to memoir and later fiction Eden is her debut novel Jeanne and her husband split their time between Boston and Westerly, RI When not writing, she can be found playing squash, skiing, or taking in the sunset over Little Narragansett Bay.


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    1. Becca Meister has spent all of her summers living at her family’s estate in Rhode Island. The property is named “Eden” and has been owned by herfamily through multiple generations. Now in her 70’s, Becca is the current owner along with her two brothers. Her secure life becomes unhinged after her husband's death . She finds out that he has mismanaged their retirement funds and she can no longer support the upkeep on the house. She is forced to reach out to her family for help. Fearing tha [...]


    2. While on summer vacation, I was thrilled to make a small dent in my ever growing TBR by reading nine books, all of which were good (amazing in and of itself because I tend to be a picky reader). My two favorites BY FAR were Eden and Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes, two very different but equally fabulous reads. Eden combines a beautiful setting with well-drawn and complex characters and a superb plot. As the book opens, Becca, the family matriarch, has learned that the beach house (Eden) [...]


    3. The mystery unfolds with Eden as a common thread that keeps the family connected. Throughout the highs and lows of each individual story, love and family prevails. I enjoyed reading this book.


    4. Wow!Wow! Wow! Kudos to Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg,author of “EDEN” for such an intriguing and amazing story. I love the way the author weaves the story of several generations of families that Eden is a home to. The genres of this novel are Fiction(Adult) and Historical Fiction.The characters are described as complicated and complex. The timeline in the story vacillates between the past and the present day. I can see how “Eden” is built as a house that becomes a “home” to the various [...]


    5. This novel is literally the perfect summer read. Beautiful writing, languid pacing, lovely characters and a story that is easy to get swept up in. The characters might be a challenge to keep up with if you're listening to the audio, but after referring to the family tree in from of the print copy a couple of times, I had them down. If you enjoyed Commonwealth or The Nest, this will probably be a good fit for you. Best read in the sunshine (even better at a beach or a lake!) with a cold drink and [...]


    6. EDEN by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg is a story about the Meister family and their love affair with Eden, the family's summer home. This beautiful, rich, character-driven story spans many generations and seamlessly alternates between different points of view, both in the past and the present. Becca and her two brothers preside over Eden. When Becca's husband unexpectedly passes away, she is left penniless and in debt and must fight for the house to stay in the family. I fell in love with the heave [...]


    7. Thank goodness for the family tree in the beginning of the story or I would have been completely lost! I loved the beach front setting and the beautiful house Eden but flipping back and forth in time totally had me confused! This was an interesting family saga with characters I had a love/hate relationship with. Beautiful prose and a first book worth reading.


    8. Eden--No Family Paradise"Eden" is in my favorite genre--psychological family drama.Like other mothers, the women in the Meister clan who are mothers or mothers-to-be make demands on their children whom they love but they also stifle them, especially their daughters. They stifle their own feelings as well. "Eden" is emotional and dramatic and things left unsaid result in the main characters being blind to what is going on in their own families. The unspoken is sometimes far more powerful than wha [...]


    9. Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg’s debut novel, EDEN (SheWritesPress) is inspired from her own personal childhood journals. It’s the story of the wealthy multi-generational Meister family between the years 1920-2000, when the United States experienced seismic social, technical and economic tipping points.Becca Meister Fitzpatrick, wife, mother and grandmother has been the anchor encouraging family members to return every summer to the Rhode Island, oceanfront estate, “Eden.” “Eden [...]


    10. A sweeping family saga, Eden chronicles four generations of Meister Fitzpatrick women from 1915 to 2000. The book centers on an extraordinary summer home aptly named after the Biblical paradise. As the novel opens, the family matriarch, Becca, is faced with the loss of this beloved home due to her late husband’s financial missteps. She is also planning to disclose a long-held secret to her extended family over a Fourth of July weekend. Fireworks result from both as family love and loyalties ar [...]


    11. This was quite a page-turning family saga. The family was definitely easy to relate to, all the drama, love, celebrations, and secrets. The author captured that old New England family vibe. It's really like two stories unfolding at the same time, beginning in Pittsburgh with Bunny and Sadie meeting up, marrying, and starting the Meister family in the 1920's, which comes forward in time through the story of their kids with a focus on their daughter Becca. Becca appears in the current time line wi [...]


    12. Eden is a sweeping family saga, following the lives of the Meister family over 9 decades. Eden is the family's summer home, witness to the ebb and flow of this familyrough joys and sorrows, love and loss, scandals and secrets. The characters in this book are very real, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and their relationships are sometimes difficult, oftentimes stormy, but mostly loving. The author does an excellent job of pulling the reader in in this story of life, love, and family [...]


    13. Jeanne Blasberg's debut is a sweeping epic of several generations of families living in a grand house in the fictional town of Long Harbor, Rhode Island. The house, rightfully dubbed Eden, is the Tara of this family, the center of both happy summers and secrets shoved under the rug. Blasberg's characters are well-drawn and the arc of their lives is richly entwined and artfully depicted. Eden is an emotional story that is a fitting read for a deck chair facing the sea with the sound of the waves [...]


    14. REVIEW: What a read. From cover to cover I adored this book. It was heartbreaking and honest and deep and richly driven by the characters. I thought that the book was one of those reads that is hard to forget because you become so emotionally invested in the characters and the story. I wanted to speed through the book and savor it slowly, at the same time. I could see this being a movie or a mini series. So great!


    15. More like a 3.5. I loved the story and it started out strong. It was a great first book. But there were a lot of characters and parts to the story that weren't developed well.



    16. An engaging story about several generations of a family, centered around their summer home in New England. An incredibly well-written first novel from this author, I look forward to reading more from her!


    17. Becca Meister lives in her family home of Eden on Rhode Island. Her father built it following World War I. She has always lived at the house, but due to the debt that her husband left her with, she may now have to sell it. She wants to sell her share to her brother, so that the house can be kept in the family. For July 4th in the year 2000, Becca invites her whole family to give them a big announcement. Not only does she have something to tell the family, but her granddaughter, Sarah, has return [...]


    18. Definitely one of my favorite reads for 2017. It reminded me of all the fabulous sagas I read in the past. A sweeping historical novel of one family and one special house. I truly loved it!💚💚💚💚💚



    19. The adage you can't judge a book by its cover comes to mind. While a picture of dunes with endless sky on the cover draws the reader into a stand out beach-read, EDEN is much more than that. Through the character of Sadi Meister, the author connects the reader with an account of postpartum depression so vivid that it may have the power to inspire a more open, mainstream conversation about holistic mental health resources and interventions for new mothers, new fathers and their children. Just as [...]


    20. Blasberg expertly alternates a sweeping lifelong tale of a man and his dream of a beach home with the events of a summer almost a century later. From almost the very first page, this book drew me in and left me desperately wanting to live at Eden or at the very least, visit for a weekend. This book is a captivating and gorgeous story of generations of family and the intricacies of those relationships. It's a love story to a family property and the beach community it inhabits, but most of all, it [...]



    21. I picked up this book at a great local book store in Westerly, RI. I love historical fiction, and I love that part of RI - so I was intrigued. Besides, I was on vacation.The book provides a look into a privileged lives of women whose families summer in Long Harbor, RI. Based on the descriptions, Long Harbor must be Watch Hill - with it's large summer homes and beautiful crescent beaches. I enjoyed the descriptions, and the historical events (like the hurricane of 1938.). I wanted to love the boo [...]


    22. Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (10/17)“Eden” is the poignant and powerful debut novel by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg.Prior to the Great Depression, Bunny and Sadie Meister built a summer beach home called Eden, in prestigious Long Harbor, Rhode Island. Throughout the years, generations have made Eden their summer retreat; it is a place of so many memories. Except for a great storm when Eden was badly damaged, Eden has provided a safe harbor for the multiple generations of Meisters. [...]


    23. This was an outstanding debut novel! I enjoyed the ocean atmosphere and the way life was depicted inside of Eden. I also enjoyed the way the women’s lives were depicted, especially during the first half of the 1900s. The book is about five generations of a family, starting with Bunny and Sadie Meister. Most of the story is about their lives spent at the magnificent house named Eden along the coast of Rhode Island. The book spans the time from when Sadie was a young woman in 1915 to the year 20 [...]


    24. I was lucky enough to win a copy of Eden in a bookstagram giveaway co-hosted by the author. If you haven't picked up this one yet, it is time to spend some time at Eden. Eden centers around the Meister family's summer home, which is named Eden. It evokes that sense of peace and tranquility that is only possible at the beach. Yet underneath the surface hides generations of family secrets and trauma. Eden is a fantastic story on so many levels. Blasberg creates characters who are so real that the [...]


    25. I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.Family Sagas are a new style of book for me to read, so I do not have much to base this review off of. The bad first? It was slow, and for me, it started off  confusing. There are a lot of people in this book, and the chapters alternate between 1915 and 2005. So it's a bit to keep up with, and a long cast of characters to  keep track of. I had a harder than usual time keeping up with it. Now on to the good. It's written beautifully, and the characters are [...]


    26. I received an advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.I am a sucker for a family story set in a New England beach town. It's the type of setting that makes for the perfect summer book. And as an added bonus, not only is the story set on along the ocean, but it is filled with history, family secrets and longtime tradition. Eden did not disappoint in this aspect. Knowing that the family was on the verge of losing their multi-generation home while they celebrated their possibly last [...]


    27. I see no reason to delve into the plot of this book as so many other "reviewers" have done that already. To me a review is an opinion piece, not a summary. To that end, I found this story to be a very well-written family saga. I really liked how the author showed how family traits can reappear in subsequent generations in slightly different forms. Her characters were full individuals, each with a unique combination of what can be labeled "positive" and "negative" elements in their makeup. I real [...]


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