I seem to have read a number of these multi generational novels recently. Perhaps that is the latest fashion in fiction like when you couldn’t escape a vampire book or a dystopian future for quite a while? Thats not to say that I didn’t enjoy it, because I really did. The Liz Taylor Ring is the first title that I’ve picked up by Brenda Janowitz but I’ll definitely be adding her other books to my increasingly daunting TBR pile! (Even if it is only a virtual book pile on my Kindle I still feel guilty every time I switch it on!)
In 1978, Lizzie Morgan and Ritchie Schneider embark on a whirlwind romance on the beaches and glamorous yachts of Long Island. Over the years, their relationship has its share of ups and downs, including a nine-month separation that ends up with Ritchie coming back with a stunning eleven-carat ring—one that looks just like the diamond Richard Burton gifted Liz Taylor after their own break up. Like the famous couple, despite the drama that would unfold throughout the Schneiders’ marriage, the ring would be there as a symbol of their love…until it wasn’t.
Decades later, the lost ring unexpectedly resurfaces and the Schneiders’ three children gather under one roof for the first time in years. Tensions are high and each is eager to get their hands on this beloved, expensive reminder of their departed parents. But determining the fate of the heirloom is no simple task, unearthing old wounds and heartaches the siblings can’t ignore. And when the ring reveals a secret that challenges everything they thought they knew about their parents’ epic love story, they’ll have to decide whether to move forward as a family or let the ring break them once and for all.
The way the book is written meant that it had a very visual quality and at times felt a bit like one of those Netflix family drama series. I could see all of the characters – and their environment – so clearly that it felt like I was in there with them, desperate for a glimpse of this rock that symbolised everything that the parents stood for. As in all family dramas there are a number of secrets that emerge that threaten to pull the siblings apart, but there is something about a threat that often galvanises an opposite, or unexpected, reaction.
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UK Publication Date: Feb 1 2022. 384 pages.
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