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Family Tree

(Switchback, Vermont #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  11,122 ratings  ·  1,105 reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a powerful, emotionally complex story of love, loss, the pain of the past—and the promise of the future.

Sometimes the greatest dream starts with the smallest element. A single cell, joining with another. And then dividing. And just like that, the world changes. Annie Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popula
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by William Morrow (first published July 28th 2016)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
3.5 stars

This is a thought provoking story of one woman's journey to reclaim her dreams, her heart, and her life. It's more women's fiction than contemporary romance or chick-lit, but the romance is there and it's sweet. I enjoyed getting to know Annie and Fletcher and the rest of Switchback, Vermont's residents, but I have to admit that I had a problem with Annie who I found rather selfish in the relationship department. I get needing to focus on your career but too often, it seemed, Fletcher p
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This was a good story. Just a bit predictable, but that realization took quite a while to come to fruition. I have to admit I am getting a bit weary of stories that go from now to then and back again. This seems to be the new norm in fiction these days. Susan Wiggs writes a compelling story and kept me wanting to come back and read more. That is my favorite kind of book. ...more
DJ Sakata
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It was one of those moments Gran used to call a key moment. Time didn’t simply tick past, unremarked, unnoticed. No, this was the kind of moment that made everything stop. You separated it from every other one, pressing the feeling to your heart, like a dried flower slipped between the pages of a beloved book. The moment was made of something fragile and delicate, yet it possessed the power to last forever.

Memories are strange things, aren’t they? You can’t touch them and hold t
Claire Robinson
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 - "There's before, and then after." Stars!

Family Tree is the first book I have read by Susan Wiggs, it deals with the story of Annie Rush and in a really entertaining way.

Told in the main from Annie’s POV, the story gives you her life pretty much from teen to present day, but sort of in a then & now time-frame, basically because the story pretty much begins with Annie making two shocking discoveries, one good and one bad, but then before being able to act on either, she is involved in an acci
The Family Tree by Susan Wiggs is a 2016 William Morrow publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I love stories like this one!

Life is full of errors in judgement, missed opportunities, and the fateful events that upend all our carefully constructed plans. Yet, sometimes those mistakes, those diversions, and forks in the road can lead back to the path we originally started out on and we realize we are exactly where we should be, where we
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arcs
How was this my first Susan Wiggs book?! No seriously, she’s written more than fifty novels so the fact that I haven’t read any of her books before is blowing my mind. Family Tree had everything I look for in women’s fiction; a wonderful lead character who you can root for, a story that weaves between the past and present, some mouth watering descriptions of food and a cozy setting in the forests of Vermont. What more could you want?! A dash of romance maybe? No worries, there’s that as well and ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of items on my cozy list. A beautiful Vermont farmhouse setting; wonderful descriptions of food and cooking; a warm, loving and wise grandma, etc. I would say though that I wasn't riveted by the story. There were times when I was glad to get back to it and other times that I just wanted to be done with it. ...more
4.5 stars.
It is always with a sense of delight that I pick up a new book by an author whose books I have always enjoyed. This one was like sinking down into a warm cozy bath on a cold day. It was almost everything I love in a good book.

Annie is a wonderful character, going for her dreams but finding that things haven't worked out quite the way she thought. Her partner and husband Martin just might not be the best thing going for her. When an unusual accident lands her in a coma in hospital his
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to HarperCollins-William Morrow and Edelweiss for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Talented Susan Wiggs picks up with Annie Rush, from her prequel short story, The Key Ingredient, with FAMILY TREE —heartwarming and emotionally charged; Annie finds life does not always go as planned, and throws us some curve balls, when we least expect.

Gran was a special person in Annie’s life. She had always taught her to remember the love. When things got hard and you wonder why
Susan Crowe
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't do netgalley or anything like that because I love the anticipation of that new book that I've waited forever for to pop up on my kindle on publication day. imagine my excitement when I found an ARC of this book in a used bookstore almost a month before it's publication day. I was and still am beyond excited.
This book is awesome too!
I laughed, cried, fussed, cussed. All of the things that happen when you read a great book.
Highly recommended!!
And I'll forever treasure my $4.50 ARC.
Idris Grey
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I just received an ARC of Susan Wiggs' "Family Tree" from William Morrow in exchanged for an honest review.

I love food and I love sweeping family drama so this seems right up my alley. Review to come.

ETA (08.04.2016): I read it! I enjoyed all the food stuff with regard to the syrup and bourbon and the TV show. I didn't love any of the romances or, really, the ending, but the overall story was well told.

First things first. The blurb is inaccurate. No clue why. It must have been written by somebo
Donna Hines
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just when you think you have it all it comes crashing down. Rock bottom is where the foundation must be built.
Can it last if careers are sidelined in the name of love?
You can't buy happiness, nor love, and if you have both count yourself lucky.
Anne was on top of the world with a husband, a cooking show, a great home but something was missing.
Would having a child bring her closer together to her husband? Life is funny as when one life began another was ending. Would her husband even notice her or
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

I read this yesterday in one gloriously delicious reading binge – which seems totally appropriate considering the amount of absolutely yummy cooking that occurs within the pages this book. I couldn’t put this one down because the story is excellent.

This is a story about starting over. Annie Rush is the fortunate or unfortunate recipient of the universe’s biggest do-over. After a tragic accident, Annie miraculously wakes up from a year-long coma to discover
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would! ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it

After an accident leaves Annie in a coma for a year, she wakes up to find many changes in her life.
It’s one of those stories that goes back in time to then & now as we learn more about the characters. Fletcher was a big part of her life & her grandmother.

When her grandmother is on her last days, Annie receives this advice from her:
“...I had a key moment. Do you know what that is? [...] that’s the moment when everything changes. There’s before, and then after. And once a key moment occurs, ther
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a treat! It has been too long since author Susan Wiggs was able to utterly charm me with one of her books. I truly loved the backdrop of Vermont; it was so evocative and as a reader, you couldn't miss being transported in the lovely scenery of farmhouses, foliage, mountains and snow. The process of traditional maple syrup harvesting was rather interesting too. I liked how the maple syrup was the Rush family business since generations. A book set in New England will always catch my ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
I received this in a Goodreads giveaway for an honest review. It is a wonderful story of love, family, second chances and finding the importance of "home".
Annie Harlow grew up in small town Vermont on a farm that produces maple syrup. From a very young age she was in love with cooking, schooled by her beloved Gran. Annie had big dreams, and found herself in L.A. just out of college producing a television cooking show. She marries the star of the show and believes she is happy. But all that came
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't deliver the story that was advertised. I still didn't like the story, though. It didn't help that I didn't like the characters. I did like the setting of rural Vermont. It makes me want to go there for vacation. I also liked the food in this story. It's made me hungry. At least, there was a happy ending. ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The heroine had the same life force as 'Jenny' from one of my favorite books 'Again' by Kathleen Gilles Seidel. ...more
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nope
Shelves: fiction, romance, 2017
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Mahoghani 23
I've never read anything by this author but this book I finished in two days (that may be due to Hurricane Florence). I liked the way the author brought the intimate details to the forefront with her present & past chapters. I was held in suspense for a long time wondering what had happened to something precious (don't want to spoil it) for Annie. Love can be so wonderful and then it can also be lethal, deceptive, inconsiderate, and greedy.

Annie is the type of woman that everyone likes. She's u
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Obviously, I am becoming a curmudgeon. This book was enjoyable, feel good, happily ever after, good triumphs over evil, etc. And I found it irksome. The characters were so perfectly their characters that I didn't really give a whit about what happened to them, good or bad. Susan Wiggs has written many, many best-selling books so she obviously knows what she's doing but thank goodness the chapters were noted as "Then" or "Now" or I would've stumbled along trying to figure out where on the back-an ...more
Ashley Daviau
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite finding some parts of this book slightly predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless! It was a beautifully engaging story of Annie's journey to discover herself and I was captivated from page one. I loved Annie as a character, something about her passions and dreams just spoke to me. I really loved how the story flipped between now and then, it added an incredibly interesting element to the story. I also really loved that it was partially about the maple syrup industry, maple syrup ...more
Susan Wiggs is a master at creating believable second-chance-at-life-and-love stories that uplift & entertain!

A perfect theme for this book—cue Bing Crosby at the piano to sing “The Second Time Around” . . . Love is lovelier the second time around,
Just as wonderful with both feet on the ground.
It's that second time you hear your love song sung
Makes you think perhaps that love, like youth, is wasted on the young.
Love's more comfortable the second time you fall.
Like a friendly home the second tim
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Family a Tree by Susan is an entertaining, predictable read. The author, using numerous flashbacks fully developed the main charters for the reader. The characters were likeable and real. Nice read, especially if you like pure maple syrup.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sap runs thick through this maple-country tale.
Bambi Unbridled
Family Tree is the first women's fiction I have read in a very long time, but I have been wanting to try this author so I thought I would step a little out of my normal genre. I am happy that I did because I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

Anastasia "Annie" Rush grew up in small town Vermont amidst sugar maple farms. Despite her parent's divorce, she had a close knit extended family all residing in the ancestral farmhouse on Rush Mountain and working to produce Sugar Rush maple syrup. With
Susan Wiggs isn't quite as good as Susan Mallery or Debbie Macomber, but she does write solid chick lit.

In this story, poor Annie has been screwed (figuratively and literally) by her husband. Nothing says eternal love like divorcing your wife while she's in a coma and then driving her body to her mother and returning to the career she started for you.

Luckily Annie had a real life waiting at home. (Who needs California? Who would want it?)
Originally posted at RT Book Reviews

4.5 Stars-Top Pick

Susan Wiggs celebrates the love, loss, hope, and the rebirth in her newest release of a woman who is forced by unavoidable circumstances to re-evaluate her life after a tragic accident. Emotionally honest and poignant with a delightful thread of humor running through it, Family Tree introduces us to Annie Harlow, a reality show producer who wakes from an injury with her life shattered. Readers share a front row seat with Annie she returns to
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Growing up in Switchback, Vermont, Annie Rush had learned the love of cooking from her grandmother, and early on, she had a dream. Her childhood hobby, besides cooking, was taping herself cooking and talking about the process, as if on a TV show.

The family company, Sugar Rush, involved processing and distributing maple syrup.

Family Tree begins in LA, where Annie and her husband, Martin Harlow, produce a TV cooking show called The Key Ingredient. They have a beautiful home, and on the morning wh
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