Title: Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish
Author: Tori Whitaker
Release Date: October 1st, 2020
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre(s): Historical fiction, women’s fiction
Three generations of women—and the love, loss, sacrifice, and secrets that can bind them forever or tear them apart.
Millicent Glenn is self-sufficient and contentedly alone in the Cincinnati suburbs. As she nears her ninety-first birthday, her daughter Jane, with whom she’s weathered a shaky relationship, suddenly moves back home. Then Millie’s granddaughter shares the thrilling surprise that she’s pregnant. But for Millie, the news stirs heartbreaking memories of a past she’s kept hidden for too long. Maybe it’s time she shared something, too. Millie’s last wish? For Jane to forgive her.
Sixty years ago Millie was living a dream. She had a husband she adored, a job of her own, a precious baby girl, and another child on the way. They were the perfect family. All it took was one irreversible moment to shatter everything, reshaping Millie’s life and the lives of generations to come.
As Millie’s old wounds are exposed, so are the secrets she’s kept for so long. Finally revealing them to her daughter might be the greatest risk a mother could take in the name of love.
Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish is a multi-generational read about family secrets, mistakes, and forgiveness. This will tug at your heartstrings and is perfect is you enjoy a family drama read.
We are introduced to Millicent as she is about to celebrate her 91st birthday. Her daughter and granddaughter are in town and she is excited when she finds out that granddaughter is expecting. It only makes Millicent wish she had a closer relationship with her daughter.
The author gives readers readers jumps in the timeline so that we can take a look at how the past and present intersect. I really enjoyed getting to see the 40’s and 50’s through the eyes of a young Millicent. It put things like expectations and norms in perspective.
The flashbacks made me feel for Millicent and how much she sought forgiveness. Time is running out to make amends and she is determined to earn her daughter’s love and trust again.
I give Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish 4 stars. It was a great debut novel with heart, history, and family drama. It does tug at the heartstrings. These characters are easy to love and it made me so much more invested in the story. I am eager to see what Tori Whitaker has in store for us with her next book.
Connect with Tori
Sunday, September 27th: @tlcbooktours – giveaway
Thursday, October 1st: @bluntscissorsbookreviews
Thursday, October 1st: @pnwbookworm
Friday, October 2nd: @readwithmason
Monday, October 5th: @mrsboomreads
Wednesday, October 7th: @lilacsandliterature
Wednesday, October 7th: Books Cooks Looks – guest post
Friday, October 9th: @somekindofalibrary
Monday, October 12th: Reading Reality
Friday, October 16th: @katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
Wednesday, October 21st: @babygotbooks13
Friday, October 23rd: @theocbookgirl
Monday, October 26th: @girlsinbooks
Thursday, October 29th: @megsbookclub