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  • Decluttering

    I received an advanced copy and this is my voluntary review. Irene Varatanoff never fails to give us a wonderful story that is both heartwarming and funny. Here is a family who has to declutter their mothers hoarded up house. Elinor gets chosen to do the work because she is on sabbatical and is free to do it. You meet Race Ericson the county health inspector who is pushing Elinor to work faster. Their love grows as the house gets decluttered. A family trail that will bring everyone together. Would recommend this to all who love a good story.

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  • A family drama with hidden secrets

    This family drama covers far more than the very basic need to clear out the clutter that their mother had built up over the years. It draws out the responses of adult children who've never had answers to their questions and their resulting dysfunctional behaviour. The psychology behind the need to hoard made me think twice about the fine line between the things that I store “just in case it comes in useful”, and hoarding for some deeper psychological reason. The first quarter of the book moved very slowly and the tension between the two sisters was very tangible. After the scene was set, the plot moved along at a more interesting pace, bringing in new characters and revealing truths that had never been aired. Just when I got excited about how things would eventually come together, the novel came to an abrupt ending, leaving the reader guessing. The story is however, well written and highlights the difficulties of family dynamics. Race and Elinor's romance doesn't take centre-stage, but does add an enjoyable dimension. I received a copy of this book as a gift and this is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Loved it

    Would never imagine a story could be so interesting about cleaning out a "hoarder ' s house! The author has cleverly entwined a family's dynamics with the decluttering and it comes out a brilliant story! Every family has its issues and this family had more than their share. An excellent read.

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