Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Rules of Inheritance

I’ve noticed lately that when I’m picking books that I’d like to read....I’m drawn to memoirs.  Maybe it’s the blogger in me but I love reading about a period of someone’s life. The good, the bad and the ugly!

I was thrilled when the BlogHer Book Club asked me if I would read this lovely book.

The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith is the story about a young girl that grows into a woman after both of her parents are diagnosed with cancer when she is fourteen. It goes through all five of the stages of grief and the journey she took to say goodbye to her parents and find a life without them.

At times this memoir is sad and heartbreaking but it is also a love story.  A woman that really gets to know her father through learning about his life before she was born and taking care of that man as he died.

It’s also a love story about Claire.  How she finally let her Mother go and through helping other people...found herself and ultimately the man that would be her husband and make her life good again.

She was stronger than she thought she was and after everything she experiences and some regrets, she finds a happy ending and someone to be her special person.

I’m a sucker for a happy ending!

If you’d like to read more about The Rules of Inheritance then please visit the BlogHer Book Club and join in the discussion.

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.


  1. That book sounds wonderful. I love happy endings as well... who doesn't? Do you recommend a box of Kleenex with this read?

  2. Yes!! There were parts that made me bawl.

  3. Sounds like a really good read...I'll have to check it out.

  4. Wow! That sounds fantastic, Connie.

  5. What a great review! This sounds like a really good book. I love memoirs, too. I know they are probably full of exaggerations, and sometimes maybe even complete fabrications, but I really like when they read like fiction, but I know it's real! :o)

  6. I loved this book. Claire is down to earth and her words are welcoming and inviting. I love that she finally has a blog because her book left me wanting to read more.

  7. Sounds like a really good read!

  8. oooh I'll have to check this out! I need a good book!

  9. I wish I had more time to read. Do you somehow have more hours in your day than I do? We both have 2 kids, we're both active at their schools but you find time to blog, on more than one blog, regularly, you're on FB and Twitter all of the time, workout, clean, wrestle with your man and still have time to read.

    What am I doing wrong? Please help!

  10. Sounds like a great book. I'll have to recommend it to my book club as I, too, am a sucker for a happy ending.
    I also like memoirs and just took a short seminar on how to write a memoir. It was really interesting. I'll be blogging about it soon.
    Thanks for the recommendation.
    Have a great week.


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