The Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry

the stories we tell

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This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair review.

The Stories We Tell

Eve Morrison- from the outside, she has it all. Married into a old-money Georgia family, has a successful letterpress business- a business that fills her with creativity and purpose, a daughter and husband that she loves. Eve, if anyone asked, has THE life- the picture perfect life that people dream for. But….

Beyond, the picture perfect appearance- Eve’s life is not perfect. Gwen, Eve’s daughter, is going through teenage rebellion phase- and it’s causing problems between Eve and Cooper, because they both have differing ideas on how to handle Gwen. Cooper thinks that Eve works too much and needs to stop focusing on the letterpress business so much and be home for their daughter more. And Eve’s sister, Willa, who has struggled in the past with addiction- is living at the family estate for the time being.

One night, Eve gets the news that no one likes to hear- Cooper and Willa have been in a car accident and it was a terrible accident. Gwen rushes to the hospital- not sure what exactly will be waiting on her when she arrives. Cooper, her husband, has several cuts and bruises and his face has been sliced in places; but compared to Willa- his injuries are not as life-threatening. Willa, on the other hand, suffered a traumatic brain injury.

After the accident, Eve knows life is changing- both Willa and Cooper need her help in the recovery process. When Eve starts asking questions about what happened- Cooper begins explaining; but some of the pieces do not add up. Willa, because of her injury, may never remember.

As Gwen continues to rebel and questions of the accident continue to haunt Eve and Cooper’s marriage- Eve has to decide on what is more important- getting to the truth of that night or living the picture perfect life.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

This is my second Patti Callahan Henry book (my first was AND THEN I FOUND YOU). The plot of THE STORIES WE TELL drew me in as I read and I even tweeted- “Secrets and Savannah = the perfect combination”. This book is filled with secrets!

I enjoyed Patti’s writing style- how she revealed a bit by bit about Eve’s life- her feelings of discontent, the cracks in her’s and Cooper’s marriage and the sister relationship between Willa and Eve. Patti even touches on those age old questions for women: Can you have a happy marriage, happy child and a fulfilling career- or will something always be left out?

Fans of women’s fiction will find many relatable themes in this book and book clubs can discuss Eve and her motivations for a wonderful chat. Looking for a book to take to the beach (or read by the pool?) Check out Traveling With T’s 2014 Beach Reads, where THE STORIES WE TELL and many others are listed!

*This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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