Home is the Place (Family Tree, Book 4) by Ann M. Martin – Middle Grade Fiction
This story is about Georgia who is the fourth generation of a family of women who hold many secrets. The first was her great-grandmother Abby (growing up in the 1920s and 30s), and then her grandmother Dana (growing up in the 1950s and 60s), and then her mother, Francie (growing up in the 1970s and 80s.) Georgia was born in the mid-1990s. This book takes place from 2001 to 2013, when Georgia graduates from high school. There is an epilogue that takes place in 2022. Anyway, Georgia has issues with her mother while growing up. Her mother, Francie, is fearful for her children and is extremely overprotective, and Georgia and her brother have no idea while. In fact, no one has any idea why, because Francie never told anyone what nearly happened to her as a child (this is covered in book three of the series.) Even Francie’s own mother has no idea why. And then there is Abby and Dana. Will they resolve their issues from fifty years earlier? Also, if you are into stories where hidden diaries are discovered, this is definitely the book for you!
I read this book because I’d read the first three in the series, and all three left me kind of cold in a way. They were sad because family members were not getting along with each other. I read this one because I was hoping that the arc of the story – the relationships, the hidden truths – would come to a resolution. Fortunately, this book was very satisfying in that way. I don’t think I am giving away too much here, either.
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