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Not even close to F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Author: Liza Klaussmann

The comparison to F. Scott Fitzgerald made this sound so promising. If we could do half stars, my rating would be 1.5.

Nick and her cousin, Helena, grew up spending summers on Martha's Vineyard, in the house known as Tiger House.  But during World War II, and up until the 1960's, the house was tended to by a caretaker, and not visited.  Hoping to recapture some of the happiness from their youth, and repair marriages, Nick, her children, Daisy and Ed, and Helena return.  When Daisy and Ed discover a dead body, everything changes ~ and all of their lives will be forever changed. 

As promised, it seemed to captivate the style of writing of so long ago. The terminology and sayings were appropriate for the time period, which made the book more true to that period. But at times it seemed to drag and move really slow.

The "present" time in the book would lapse into flashbacks and different time periods, and I found myself flipping back and forth trying to keep track of when events happened. Then there were whole lapses in time periods that were just ~ gone.

At times the book felt a bit discombobulated, and I hoped that somehow things would congeal. Not until the very end of the book did it do that. The ending was anticipated, but it was a disappointment as it could have been so much more. I just expected it to be better.