Review: 1976: The Seven by Sarah M. Cradit

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

What It’s About:

1976. New Orleans. The Deschanel siblings are parents themselves now, and they must leave their own childhoods behind forever.

Charles, the playboy, is torn between love for his son and heir, and the prospect of having children with a woman who is far more welcoming and loving than his wife. Augustus, the fixer, now a widower, loses himself in the one thing that still gives his life meaning: Anasofiya. Colleen, the adherent, is married to the love of her life, and mother to a new daughter, but faces a new challenge as she is asked to step into the shoes of the family matriarch. Evangeline, the genius, falls nicely into her new world in Cambridge, but must soon confront the same fears she’d hoped to escape by leaving home Maureen, the haunted, has her life turned upside down by a most unlikely connection.

Elizabeth, the anguished, prepares for adulthood by pouring herself into being a caretaker for her brother and niece, carefully avoiding her own future that she’s seen clearly, and horribly, so many times.

As the family progresses through the seventies, they’ll discover the power of secrets, lies, and a fate they cannot escape, no matter how wealthy or powerful they are.

 

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My Thoughts:

The story of the Deschanels in the 1970s continues. For fans of the House of Crimson and Clover saga, the fantastic backstory provides a plethora of explanations. For new readers, this 1970s series is a great place to start. With each installment Ms. Cradit gives readers the drama and answers.

As Ms. Cradit gets closer to the end of this series, she weaves the young adult sibling’s stories into their established future in the House of Crimson and Clover saga. The rich tapestry presents the explanation of their future.

“Grief was a path to madness”

The writing quality and world building are excellent. The story layout is great, with each sibling featured for a portion of the book. I love that the beginning of each book has the mom walking the hall studying her family portraits; it brings a sense of familiarity to the characters and setting. Several plot twists in this installment took me by surprise! I am really looking forward to the finale to see how the remaining siblings grow into their adult roles.

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