Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Book Review: "The Catch" by Alison Fairbrother

Sometimes understanding those we love is one of the hardest things.

Ellie has always dreamed of being a writer, even though her job writing for a website—and chasing after clickbait—isn’t quite what she had in mind. Her father, a poet, has children with three different women, but as the oldest, she definitely feels like she’s his favorite, like they understand each other.

But when her father dies unexpectedly, his will left a gift with significance to each of her siblings. She figures he’ll leave her his prized baseball, probably his most cherished possession; she’s surprised, however, that instead, he leaves her what seems like a gag gift, with no explanation, and he leaves the baseball to someone she’s never heard of before.

What significance does the gift she receive have? Why would her father give the baseball to someone else? Ellie digs deep to try and find out what secrets her father had been hiding. Did she really know him like she thought she did? Meanwhile, she’s dealing with her own secrets, including an older, married lover.

This is a story about grief, family connections, secrets, and finding the strength to move on. It’s also about the power of love and how it motivates us. While the book moved a bit slower than I would have liked, I found the supporting characters in particular so fascinating.

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