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    Confusing.

    I have been struggling to get this book read for the past month and finally I had to skim the last 100 pages or so to do it. The book started out really slow for me and combined with the multitude of characters, along with the going back and forth between time/generations, it was a struggle to get through it. I was disappointed in it. Thank you Flatiron Books for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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    A Good Read

    A little confusing if you stop and start in the beginning but once it gets going it grabs you. This is such an interesting way to explain issues that continue to confront us to this day. I wanted a little more to truly understand the back story of the “picture”.
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    Needless Confusion

    I couldn't get past trying to figure out which character was talking as a chapter changed. Going back and forth between time periods would have been easy if the author had made a chapter heading! The story may have been worth reading but I couldn't get past having to flip back a page or two when I finally figured out who was 'speaking'. I ended up tossing the book after 4 chapters of frustration. E format is not the way to read this one!
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    Believable, but too long.

    I enjoyed the character development. I feel as though I got to really know these people. However, the plot could have been tightened up and the book did not have to be as long and drawn out as it was.
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    An Excellent Tale!

    I received a free electronic copy of this novel on July 25, 2019, from Netgalley, Sarah Blake, and Flatiron Books. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this historical novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest personal opinion of this work. I am pleased to recommend The Guest Book to friends and family. This is a novel you can't put down, so reserve a couple of lazy days and go for it. The Guest Book is the family saga of the Milton family, old school bankers, beginning in 1935 and carrying through three more generations. The family spends 10 months of their year in NYC or Long Island, but for that wonderful summertime, they hie themselves to their summer place in Maine, on their own Crockett's Island. The men of the family more or less define themselves by their work, but the women and children find their self-image in the summer sun, their hopes and dreams winding around the island trails, their purpose and heart songs all a part of Crockett's, all formed and bound by the island's tides. We follow them through heartache and pain, joy and happiness, peace and war. We watch as these ladies and girls re-define the roles they wish to play as women in a changing world. And we see all the decisions and choices, good and bad, that go into the making of this tight family, the forming of their alliances with others, the effect of those choices on themselves and others. And the influence on all of them, cast by Crockett's Island. For some, summer is just a time out. But for others, it is the be-all of their lives. It is how they define themselves, and their relationship with siblings and extended family. What is the cost of remembering? What is the value of memories? And we see the damage done by secrets. I hope you are gonna love this family. I sure did.
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