Becca Meister Fitzpatrick, wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community, is the dutiful steward of her family’s iconic summer tradition until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. While coming to terms with what is likely to be her last season in Long Harbor, she decides to introduce the child she gave up for adoption fifty years prior to the family. Inspired by her granddaughter’s acceptance in the face of impending single-motherhood, Becca summons the courage to reveal the secret she’d been forced to bury. The question is how her daughter, Rachel, will react. They’d always had a strained relationship, made rockier when Rachel came home from college with an unplanned pregnancy of her own.
Eden is the account of the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, as Becca prepares to disclose her secret, and her son and brothers conspire to put the estate on the market, interwoven with the century old history of Becca’s family, of her parents’ beginnings and ascent into affluence, and of her mother’s own secret struggles in the grand home her father named “Eden”.
“Eden is one woman’s story, echoing four women’s’ stories, and is, at the same time, all women’s story. It creates a collage of female experience around the drama of introducing Becca’s long lost daughter and her impending financial despair. Determined to write the type of book I enjoy reading, my novel weaves together multiple points of view and chronologies. I hope you love it.” – Jeanne
“..a beautifully written masterpiece that takes you on a historical journey….” —BOSTON HERALD
“A stirring historical novel perfect for women’s fiction fans.” —BOOKLIST
“If you enjoy reading family sagas that cover real history and life, this is a must-read for you.” — READER’S FAVORITE
“This beautifully written family saga firmly establishes Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg as a rising writer to watch – and it will likely have you liking your family a whole lot more this summer.” — REDBOOK
“Blasberg’s evocative prose captures the place and atmosphere…. An engrossing, character-driven family saga.” –KIRKUS
“This debut novel rings with lively dialogue that vivifies the rarified ethos of a family across generations.” — The Improper Bostonian
“…a big-hearted, if sometimes harrowing journey through one family’s twentieth century,” – Squash Magazine
“A classic family drama that centers around the Fourth of July, be sure to pack this in your tote bag this summer before anything else.” –Working Mother Magazine
An “evocative depiction of old summers in Watch Hill…” – The Day
“poignant and powerful….” – Reader Views
Chick Lit Cafe says EDEN is splendid, majestic, and engaging.
The Loud Library Lady calls EDEN “a love story to a family property and the beach community it inhabits….”
Holly’s Little Book Reviews says “the writing is seamless and the story is ageless.”
Midwest Ladies who Lit says, “Blasberg hit it out of the park…”