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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  633 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Becca Meister Fitzpatrick--wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community--is the dutiful steward of her family's iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter's boldness in the face of im ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by She Writes Press
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Becca Meister has spent all of her summers living at her family’s estate in Rhode Island. The property is named “Eden” and has been owned by her
family through multiple generations. Now in her 70’s, Becca is the current owner along with her two brothers. Her secure life becomes unhinged after her husband's death . She finds out that he has mismanaged their retirement funds and she can no longer support the upkeep on the house. She is forced to reach out to her family for help.

Fearing that this c
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novel is so good. It has attached me in the first couple of pages when I started reading it and it's story got into my head so quickly.
I'm not so into drama because it's not kind of worth it but the drama in this book made me have second thoughts about how people react when it comes to drama action.
It had a lot of characters which I would have had found it difficult if there was no family tree in the book so this was an easy to remember everytime character's name show up I would go and see
Cindy Burnett
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While on summer vacation, I was thrilled to make a small dent in my ever growing TBR by reading nine books, all of which were good (amazing in and of itself because I tend to be a picky reader). My two favorites BY FAR were Eden and Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes, two very different but equally fabulous reads. Eden combines a beautiful setting with well-drawn and complex characters and a superb plot. As the book opens, Becca, the family matriarch, has learned that the beach house (Eden) ...more
Jennifer Blankfein
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Family saga than spans generations- loved the relationships and drama with the historical backdrop that included the stock market crash, the hurricane of 1938 and World War II...full review to come. Follow my blog Book Nation by Jen for all reviews and recommendations.
F.J. Soto
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway

The mystery unfolds with Eden as a common thread that keeps the family connected. Throughout the highs and lows of each individual story, love and family prevails. I enjoyed reading this book.
Linda Zagon
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Wow!Wow! Wow! Kudos to Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg,author of “EDEN” for such an intriguing and amazing story. I love the way the author weaves the story of several generations of families that Eden is a home to. The genres of this novel are Fiction(Adult) and Historical Fiction.

The characters are described as complicated and complex. The timeline in the story vacillates between the past and the present day. I can see how “Eden” is built as a house that becomes a “home” to the various family membe
Janelle Janson
EDEN by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg is a story about the Meister family and their love affair with Eden, the family's summer home. This beautiful, rich, character-driven story spans many generations and seamlessly alternates between different points of view, both in the past and the present. Becca and her two brothers preside over Eden. When Becca's husband unexpectedly passes away, she is left penniless and in debt and must fight for the house to stay in the family. I fell in love with the heave ...more
Thank goodness for the family tree in the beginning of the story or I would have been completely lost! I loved the beach front setting and the beautiful house Eden but flipping back and forth in time totally had me confused! This was an interesting family saga with characters I had a love/hate relationship with. Beautiful prose and a first book worth reading.
Diana Paul
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eden--No Family Paradise

"Eden" is in my favorite genre--psychological family drama.

Like other mothers, the women in the Meister clan who are mothers or mothers-to-be make demands on their children whom they love but they also stifle them, especially their daughters. They stifle their own feelings as well. "Eden" is emotional and dramatic and things left unsaid result in the main characters being blind to what is going on in their own families. The unspoken is sometimes far more powerful than wha
Crystal King
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary
Jeanne Blasberg's debut is a sweeping epic of several generations of families living in a grand house in the fictional town of Long Harbor, Rhode Island. The house, rightfully dubbed Eden, is the Tara of this family, the center of both happy summers and secrets shoved under the rug. Blasberg's characters are well-drawn and the arc of their lives is richly entwined and artfully depicted. Eden is an emotional story that is a fitting read for a deck chair facing the sea with the sound of the waves ...more
Megan C.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel is literally the perfect summer read. Beautiful writing, languid pacing, lovely characters and a story that is easy to get swept up in. The characters might be a challenge to keep up with if you're listening to the audio, but after referring to the family tree in from of the print copy a couple of times, I had them down. If you enjoyed Commonwealth or The Nest, this will probably be a good fit for you. Best read in the sunshine (even better at a beach or a lake!) with a cold drink and ...more
Cindy Roesel
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg’s debut novel, EDEN (SheWritesPress) is inspired from her own personal childhood journals. It’s the story of the wealthy multi-generational Meister family between the years 1920-2000, when the United States experienced seismic social, technical and economic tipping points.
Becca Meister Fitzpatrick, wife, mother and grandmother has been the anchor encouraging family members to return every summer to the Rhode Island, oceanfront estate, “Eden.” “Eden,” which Becca’s pare
Carla Suto
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EDEN by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg is a sweeping family saga covering the lives of one family over several generations and nearly one hundred years. Set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and at Eden, this affluent family’s summer home in Long Harbor, Rhode Island, the compelling story is filled with mystery, drama and intrigue and it kept me engaged from beginning to end. Becca Meister, the family matriarch now in her seventies, is distraught to learn that her recently deceased husband left their fina ...more
Carol Gray
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweeping family saga, Eden chronicles four generations of Meister Fitzpatrick women from 1915 to 2000. The book centers on an extraordinary summer home aptly named after the Biblical paradise. As the novel opens, the family matriarch, Becca, is faced with the loss of this beloved home due to her late husband’s financial missteps. She is also planning to disclose a long-held secret to her extended family over a Fourth of July weekend. Fireworks result from both as family love and loyalties are ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was quite a page-turning family saga. The family was definitely easy to relate to, all the drama, love, celebrations, and secrets. The author captured that old New England family vibe. It's really like two stories unfolding at the same time, beginning in Pittsburgh with Bunny and Sadie meeting up, marrying, and starting the Meister family in the 1920's, which comes forward in time through the story of their kids with a focus on their daughter Becca. Becca appears in the current time line wi ...more
Susan Peterson
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eden is a sweeping family saga, following the lives of the Meister family over 9 decades. Eden is the family's summer home, witness to the ebb and flow of this family...through joys and sorrows, love and loss, scandals and secrets. The characters in this book are very real, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and their relationships are sometimes difficult, oftentimes stormy, but mostly loving. The author does an excellent job of pulling the reader in in this story of life, love, and f ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
REVIEW: What a read. From cover to cover I adored this book. It was heartbreaking and honest and deep and richly driven by the characters. I thought that the book was one of those reads that is hard to forget because you become so emotionally invested in the characters and the story. I wanted to speed through the book and savor it slowly, at the same time. I could see this being a movie or a mini series. So great!
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
More like a 3.5. I loved the story and it started out strong. It was a great first book. But there were a lot of characters and parts to the story that weren't developed well.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
Full review and giveaway on my blog: ...more
Melanie Guerra
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
An engaging story about several generations of a family, centered around their summer home in New England. An incredibly well-written first novel from this author, I look forward to reading more from her!
Jill Jemmett
May 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Becca Meister lives in her family home of Eden on Rhode Island. Her father built it following World War I. She has always lived at the house, but due to the debt that her husband left her with, she may now have to sell it. She wants to sell her share to her brother, so that the house can be kept in the family. For July 4th in the year 2000, Becca invites her whole family to give them a big announcement. Not only does she have something to tell the family, but her granddaughter, Sarah, has return ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of my favorite reads for 2017. It reminded me of all the fabulous sagas I read in the past. A sweeping historical novel of one family and one special house. I truly loved it!💚💚💚💚💚
Lesley Macdonald
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked up this book at a great local book store in Westerly, RI. I love historical fiction, and I love that part of RI - so I was intrigued. Besides, I was on vacation.

The book provides a look into a privileged lives of women whose families summer in Long Harbor, RI. Based on the descriptions, Long Harbor must be Watch Hill - with it's large summer homes and beautiful crescent beaches. I enjoyed the descriptions, and the historical events (like the hurricane of 1938.). I wanted to love the boo
Reader Views
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (10/17)

“Eden” is the poignant and powerful debut novel by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg.

Prior to the Great Depression, Bunny and Sadie Meister built a summer beach home called Eden, in prestigious Long Harbor, Rhode Island. Throughout the years, generations have made Eden their summer retreat; it is a place of so many memories. Except for a great storm when Eden was badly damaged, Eden has provided a safe harbor for the multiple generations of Meisters. Ede
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful debut from a promising author! Loved every page!
Carol (Reading Ladies)
Eden, a multigenerational family saga with themes of mother/daughter relationships and expectations, unwed girls facing pregnancies, adoption, privilege, women’s voice and power (or lack of), and family traditions. The most interesting part of the story for me was comparing the experiences of three unwed girls who faced unplanned pregnancies in different time periods over 8 decades. (More detail about this on the blog.) I recommend this book for readers who love well-told family sagas, for reade ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
Blasberg expertly alternates a sweeping lifelong tale of a man and his dream of a beach home with the events of a summer almost a century later. From almost the very first page, this book drew me in and left me desperately wanting to live at Eden or at the very least, visit for a weekend. This book is a captivating and gorgeous story of generations of family and the intricacies of those relationships. It's a love story to a family property and the beach community it inhabits, but most of all, it ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The adage you can't judge a book by its cover comes to mind. While a picture of dunes with endless sky on the cover draws the reader into a stand out beach-read, EDEN is much more than that.

Through the character of Sadi Meister, the author connects the reader with an account of postpartum depression so vivid that it may have the power to inspire a more open, mainstream conversation about holistic mental health resources and interventions for new mothers, new fathers and their children.

Just as
Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stunning and heartfelt. Full review to come.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I heard this author speak several weeks ago; she was articulate, spoke passionately about the writing process and the themes that resonate with her, one of the best author talks I have attended, and I couldn't wait to read her novels.

"Eden" spans a family's life in 2000 and reaching back to 1915, moving between a fictional town on the Rhode Island coast, Long Harbor, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Blasberg effectively captures the mores of each time period, old vs. new money, the values of the mi
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Jeanne Blasberg is an award-winning, bestselling author and essayist. Her most recent novel, The Nine (She Writes Press 2019) has been honored with the Foreward Indies Gold Award in Thriller & Suspense, Juror’s Choice in the National Indie Excellence Awards, and additional awards from Chanticleer, the International Book Awards, Reader’s Favorite, and more. Eden (She Writes Press 2017), won the Ben ...more

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