We Are the Brennans by Tracy Lange

Pages: 274

Publisher: Celadon Books

Published: August 3, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Hardcover Public Library Book

Available Formats: Digital, Audio, and Hardcover

My Review: An engrossing family drama you will not want to put down.

We are introduced to the Brennans, an American Irish family, when Sunday, the lone girl, has an accident that requires one of her brothers to visit her in California. She returns to her family home on the East coast and must face her past which has a detrimental secret that changed everyone’s lives.

This is a strong debut novel. You can tell the author wrote what she knows (large family) and was not afraid to touch family taboo subjects (DUIs, sexual assaults, unplanned pregnancies, marital strife).

No detailed sex scenes and if there was foul language it was so minor I do not remember it. A fast read that kept me interested from beginning to end.

Goodreads: When twenty-nine-year-old Sunday Brennan wakes up in a Los Angeles hospital, bruised and battered after a drunk driving accident she caused, she swallows her pride and goes home to her family in New York. But it’s not easy. She deserted them all—and her high school sweetheart—five years before with little explanation, and they’ve got questions.

Sunday is determined to rebuild her life back on the east coast, even if it does mean tiptoeing around resentful brothers and an ex-fiancé. The longer she stays, however, the more she realizes they need her just as much as she needs them. When a dangerous man from her past brings her family’s pub business to the brink of financial ruin, the only way to protect them is to upend all their secrets—secrets that have damaged the family for generations and will threaten everything they know about their lives. In the aftermath, the Brennan family is forced to confront painful mistakes—and ultimately find a way forward, together.

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