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THE GOODBYE COUSINS
MAGGIE LEFFLER
ISBN: 9780385340472-Paperback/ 9780553906615-Ebook
June 30, 2009
Bantam Discovery, a division of Random House, Inc.
http://www.randomhouse.com/bantamdell/discovery/
Paperback/Ebook
$15.00 (US) $16.50 (CAN)-Paperback/ $15.00-Ebook
384 Pages-Paperback/ 416 Pages-Ebook
Fiction
Rating: 4 Cups

Fifteen years ago, Diotima Linzer was kidnapped by her own mother and taken to Europe. During those years, she moved sixteen different times so her father could not find her. Now that her family ties have been severed, Di is back with her two year old son because a premonition told her it was time.

Alecia Axtel is Di’s cousin and before her kidnapping, her best friend as well as. Now she is getting married and has a possible anchor promotion in the works at the local television station where she works. With all the stress she is already under, Alecia is not sure if Di and her son coming to live at her and her fiancé’s tiny apartment is such a great idea.

Di is just trying to find her place in the world and trying to figure out where her family roots will lead her. Her parents are dead, but she still feels like she is lost and floating; waiting for something to happen or some clarity to hit her. Meanwhile Alecia is having wedding anxieties because her wealthy father wants her to get a prenup and her fiancé is refusing to sign. And, there might have been a tiny white lie about wanting to have Ben’s babies after marriage when in fact she does not want any. Will Di be able to find out who she is exactly and will Alecia be able to tell Ben the truth before they actually make it down the aisle?

The Goodbye Cousins is a cute story about discovering who you are in the grand scheme of things. Ms. Leffler has written a good tale that will have you laughing, shaking your head, and sometimes crying for the guilt and hopelessness both Alecia and Di must have felt growing up. While I found most of the novel a gem of a book, there are parts that I found to be less than entertaining. I think that there are times that Di is very immature and Alecia is like a spoiled child having a major meltdown; leaving me with a sour outlook on the characters. But overall, this is a coming of age (maybe a little later in life than most) story that has the characters questioning the choices they made and the repercussions that resulted from their decisions.

Danielle
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