Maggie never wanted to go into the family business, but when her parents die suddenly and her husband has just abandoned her and their two small children, what choice does she have? With the support of her best friend Elka, and her mentor Betty, she had to accept becoming a funeral director. Now Kate and Nick are grown and Maggie faces the prospect of a future without them. It’s the middle of winter and Queenstown, a resort town in New Zealand is full of skiers. Betty has just died and Elka needs surgery. Kate’s back from London where she was an up and coming chef, won’t get out of bed. Nick feels guilty delivering fast food to an ex-champion skier, bitter about the injury which robbed her of glory. There is a movie star in town who won’t listen to advice and Maggie can’t seem to put a foot right with the new doctor in town. People are dying and life goes on.
The Bottom Line: I can’t say I liked or disliked this book, but I can say I finished it. How’s that for a rousing recommendation?? This is one of those reads that attempts to integrate several disparate stories/lives into one read. Unfortunately, that integration isn’t as successful as I would have liked it to have been. In truth, this book reads like a collection of stories all playing out in a single location with some feeble/tenuous connections between the characters. By the end of the novel, all the characters have finally come together through a series of events, none particularly happy, which have led them to truly knowing one another.
Lest you think I liked nothing about this book, let me assure you, I did like something. I liked and rather enjoyed the somewhat prolonged ending which gave me a better understanding of the characters and what happened to them in the time since all the tragedy. I am always a fan of knowing what has happened to a cast of characters and this book does an excellent job of laying out the aftermath. The ending, though prolonged is more carefully constructed and informative than This prolonged ending is what I wish the rest of the book had been.