Two of my favorite things are books and cats. When I saw the cover of What Holds Us Together, the cat immediately grabbed by attention.

Annika has been struggling to move on since the death of her husband Peter. Along with her sixteen-year-old twins and their cat Luna, the family moves to Annika’s New England hometown. From the families cabin we learn more about our cast of characters.

The cat on the cover convinced me that I needed to give this book a try. But I was also hesitant to do so. I have read only one other book by Ward and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. What would have held this book together better for me was more Luna. However, she felt like the least visible character in the entire book. The humans seemed more of the focus to this reader and since I did not care for them much, that left me feeling a sense of loss and disappointment.

The human characters were annoying! Ugh! Their actions didn’t feel right. There is this illusion of mystery surrounding Peter’s accident as a teenager. This was probably the point that kept me reading, kept me intrigued. But I was really let down by the reveal.

The more I think about this book, the more let down I feel 😦 Next time I must walk away from the cute cat on the cover!

Advanced copy provided by NetGalley. All opinions are my own.



Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: What Holds Us Together

Author: Sandi Ward

Release Date: December 31, 2019


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