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Family Tree (Switchback, Vermont #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  8,201 Ratings  ·  821 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.
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
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
Judy 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
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
Michela De Bartolo
Questo per me è un periodo un pò particolare, molto emotivo e pieno di avvenimenti inaspettati. Nonostante la lettura mi attirasse, faticavo a ingranare, perché la mia mente era da un’altra parte.
Poi: la magia. Mi ha completamente presa e immergendomi nella lettura ho eclissato tutto il resto.
Un elemento che mi colpisce sempre, in un libro, è l’ambientazione, talmente bella che sembra quasi irreale. La descrizione dei boschi, dei laghi e delle montagne è così minuziosa e reale che se chiudo gli
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.
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
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.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ich fand die Geschichte furchtbar langweilig.
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
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.
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
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
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.
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
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.
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
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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
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it
ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Not two minutes after her perfect life goes up in smoke, Annie Rush has an accident that keeps her in a coma for a year. When she finally wakes up, there's nothing to go back to, and the path forward is definitely unclear. She does have family, though, and even when it's imperfect, a family is the best thing to have when you need to start all over from scratch.

Readers who like emotionally complicated contemporary romances will apprecia
Gloria Bernal
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Meet Annie Rush from Switchback, Vermont. She is a delight you won’t easily forget.
Annie’s family has always had a maple syrup farm, and cooking is a big deal in this family, but especially for Annie, who has learned from her beloved Gran. This novel includes everything I like about life in general. Plenty about food and cooking, and characters that are genuine and believable, as are the family ties, choices made, and setbacks. How one deals with them is the “key ingredient” in ones life.

The Ke
Pam Jenoff
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've loved Susan's books for more than a decade and her latest may well be her best. Annie, a television cooking show host with the perfect life is in a near-fatal car accident and awakens from a yearlong coma to discover she's lost almost everything. She retreats to her family farm in Vermont -- itself in need of rescue. When she finds a secret cookbook of her grandmother's, Annie realizes there may be a second chance for the farm -- and herself -- but only if she can face the past. A heartwarm ...more
So this story starts with Annie a young woman who seems to have it all. She's a smart woman and great cook who is the producer of a top rated cooking show starring her husband Martin. However even though she is a great cook she isn't in front of the camera because she doesn't have the right look ethnic wise according to the network. (No mention of what ethnicity she actually is can be found in the book but by description maybe Italian?) Other than that her life is perfect....too perfect if you a ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The fact I read this in two days explains why I have given it 5 stars. Beautiful descriptive writing I now want to visit Vermont for a year to experience the seasons. Story about love, loss and a lot of determination. BIG WARNING the food sections make you hungry and lust for maple syrup 😉

Read for my book club but also fits pop sugar challenge book by author country never visited, although been to the USA never been to Washington.
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“Aw, Gran.” Annie had been fighting tears from the moment she’d boarded the train from New York. “Please don’t leave me.” “I won’t,” she said with a gentle smile. “Keep me in your heart, and you’ll always know where to find me.” 1 likes
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