Review: My Kind of People by Lisa Duffy

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

A profound novel about the power of community and a small town’s long-buried secrets as a group of New England islanders come together for a recently orphaned girl.

On Ichabod Island, a jagged strip of land thirteen miles off the coast of Massachusetts, ten-year-old Sky becomes an orphan for the second time after a tragic accident claims the lives of her adoptive parents.

Grieving the death of his best friends, Leo’s life is turned upside down when he finds himself the guardian of young Sky. Back on the island and struggling to balance his new responsibilities and his marriage to his husband, Leo is supported by a powerful community of neighbors, many of them harboring secrets of their own.

Maggie, who helps with Sky’s childcare, has hit a breaking point with her police chief husband, who becomes embroiled in a local scandal. Her best friend Agnes, the island busybody, invites Sky’s estranged grandmother to stay for the summer, straining already precarious relationships. Their neighbor Joe struggles with whether to tell all was not well in Sky’s house in the months leading up to the accident. And among them all is a mysterious woman, drawn to Ichabod to fulfill a dying wish.

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My Thoughts:

Vacationing on an island usually makes one think that life there must be idyllic, and for the inhabitants of Ichabod Island, off the coast of Massachusetts, life does seem pretty good. Until the unthinkable happens and a much-loved family is torn apart by a strange accident. This loss triggers events that lead to exposed secrets and many changes.

This book took me by surprise. It was so engaging that I read it in one sitting. The story of orphaned Skylar Pope and the people who love her is a sweeping story of family, friendship and love.

I loved the characters! They are very relatable and engaging. There are a few colorful characters thrown in to spice up the story. What story set in a small town doesn’t have at least one quirky or colorful character?

My Kind of People is a well-crafted story; I enjoyed how the point of view toggled between a mysterious voyeur, Sky, and the adults in her life. Ms. Duffy is definitely a skilled storyteller. She set an emotional path of discovery for many of the characters in this book. Even though there is a lot going on in terms of the various issues of the main characters, it is not overwhelming. It feels like a slice of life in a small town; you know a little too much about your neighbors’ business and your circle is small enough that you can easily keep all that juicy gossip straight.

With a plot that flows at a perfect pace, realistic dialogue, and great characterization, there was no way I wasn’t going to fall in love with this uplifting tale. My Kind of People is a small-towns-with-big-secrets story that takes readers from loss and grief to hopeful new beginnings.

#MustRead2020 #FamilyDrama #SmallTownStory

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORLisa Duffy is the author of The Salt House, named by Real Simple as a Best Book of the Month upon its June release, as well as Bustle’s 17 Best Debut Novels by Women in 2017 and This Is Home, a favorite book club pick. Lisa received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts. Her writing can be found in numerous publications, including Writer’s Digest. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and three children. My Kind of People is her third novel.

 

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