THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE
The large number of characters makes Lamb’s novel a bit difficult to engage in the beginning. The plot picks up about halfway through, as family history is finally revealed. The need to let go of one’s past, instead of being defined by it, and to live in the present is good advice for just about anyone.
Madeline O’Shea is a successful life coach who is living a lie. When a reporter starts to investigate her mother’s trial for an article, Madeline’s family secrets are threatened. In addition, Madeline is being blackmailed about her own past. When Madeline and her sister learn the secrets their grandparents have hidden for decades, how will it change them? (KENSINGTON, Aug., 480 pp., $15.00)