The Stories We Tell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 6/24/2014
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Eve and Teddy Morrison are Savannah’s power couple. They’re on every artistic board and involved deeply in the community. And they have the wealth and name that comes from being part of an old Savannah family. But things aren’t as good as they look. Eve and Teddy are fighting about her work, their marriage, and their daughter most of all. Teenaged Gwen is rebelling and Teddy is blaming this on Eve’s preoccupation with work.
The Morrison marriage is taut with tension, but when Teddy is involved in a car accident with Eve’s sister, Willa, the questions surrounding the event bring the family close to breaking point. Sifting between the stories, Eve has to find out what really happened—and just who she believes—in The Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry.
Patti Callahan Henry, one of my favorite southern authors—having read ALL her books, she once again produces a winner with THE STORIES WE TELL!
Henry creates an intriguing story of Eve Morrison, a preacher's kid who grew up to marry the handsome, smart, wealthy and charming Cooper Morrison. What more could a southern belle want, right?
Southern couples love to put on pretenses and sometimes lead double lives. It is what they do, they hide behind secrets in order to keep up appearances. Which is the case with this stunning couple. Cooper runs an exclusive magazine and Eve has her own printing company. Now that they have been married for some time, things start unraveling.
Eve's sister, Willa has returned to Savannah, and staying in their guest cottage. When she and Cooper are involved in a car accident, and Willa cannot speak for herself, Cooper puts the blame on her for being drunk. You see, Willa has no memory of the accident due to the brain injury, so Eve accepts her husband’s account of the accident.
However, things do not add up—Eve brushes her doubts to the back burner, not wanting to accept her husband is a liar and her life may not be as perfect as she wants to believe. How long will it take her to uncover the truth?
Henry dives into the complexities of this relationship, the raw feelings and emotions. Family and relationships are tested between Eve, Willa, Cooper and Max, her co-worker. Is anyone being honest about their true feelings?
As usual, Henry has developed rich characters, which readers will relate to on this journey from pretenses to reality. Loved Eve’s character, as she is a strong and successful woman and steps out of her comfort zone to face the realities of her life, even when it may be safer to hide behind the mask of what others see—she is a wife, mother, and sister.
A powerful story of marriage, secrets, lies, suspicion, trust; and those who crave family, friendship, and love, will enjoy Patti’s storytelling of this riveting and emotional THE STORIES WE TELL. We all tell a story; however, which story --the real or fake one? A story of the human heart with twists and turns keeping you turning into the wee hours of the morning.
Fans of Diane Chamberlain, Mary Alice Monroe, Joshilyn Jackson, Susan Rebecca White, Wendy Wax, Karen White, Emilie Richards, and Mary Kay Andrews (some of my favorites) will thoroughly enjoy this compelling tale.
Having lived in Atlanta most of my life, prior to moving to South Florida, always enjoy a compelling drama based in Georgia, and oh Savannah Henry definitely knows the ways of the south for a satisfying read!
Unfortunately, was out of town this week, as would have loved to join Patti Callahan Henry (THE STORIES WE TELL) and Mary Alice Monroe (THE SUMMER WIND), at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta- for an evening with these two favorites Southern authors ---with their new summer releases (read them both)…highly recommend!