All Good Intentions
|October 5, 2018||Posted by admin under Drama, Family, Fiction|
Publication date: July 2018
Reviewed posted on: October 5, 2018
All Good Intentions is a fictional book set in St. John’s, NL, and focuses on family dynamics and secrets. The story revolves around the lives of two prominent families (the Steffensen’s and the Sinclair’s). And while the story’s main focus is in the year 1996, it does go back to the 1930s, 1950s and 1980s as a means to set the tone for present day.
The main character, Jeanne Sinclair, hails from a prominent family in St. John’s. On her wedding day many years earlier, the woman who raised her coolly informs her that she is not her biological mother. Decades later, Jeanne, now a divorcee, has inherited her father’s home after he passed away. She also finally meets her biological mother, Hannah (and half-sister, Carrie). In addition to the drama unfolding in her personal life, a land developer from Nova Scotia is interested in purchasing her father’s house with intentions of turning it into an upscale B&B. But something just doesn’t sit right and Jeanne finds herself navigating through two very different minefields: one that has her exploring the past and the secrets connected to the Sinclair House and the other has her learning to find her place within her family.
There are a lot of characters introduced in this book and at times I found it a little difficult to keep them all straight. The author does include a listing of characters at the beginning of the book and I found myself referencing this often. Some of these characters are quite likeable, others not so much. But this only added to the drama unfolding and once I got into the book I became easily absorbed in the story and imagined it playing out in my mind much like movie. And I particularly enjoyed the history of the families and the visits to the earlier years.
What readers will find is that Jeanne is a complex character with some complicated relationships (like with her ex-husband, son, sister, and even her father’s lawyer) and much of this stems from her upbringing. In the beginning of the book I didn’t particularly like her much. But as I read more about her earlier life, I began to feel a sense of empathy towards her and an understanding of why she is the way she is. You will see her evolve a little in the book as she comes to terms with her past and finds something to look forward to in her future. Readers will also learn that good intentions may not always seem as they truly are and that the past has a way of impacting the future.
A descriptively and well-written book, I’d recommend picking up a copy and settling in for an evening with the Steffensen’s and Sinclair’s and be entertained by their drama and secrets.
For more information on this book, visit the publisher’s website here.