REVIEW: THE MAKING OF US, BY LISA JEWELL

 

Lydia, Dean, and Robyn don’t know one another. Yet. Each is facing difficult challenges. Lydia is still wearing the scars from her traumatic childhood. Wealthy and successful, she leads a lonely and disjointed existence. Dean is a young, unemployed, single dad whose life is going nowhere. Robyn is eighteen. Gorgeous, popular, and intelligent, she entered her first year of college confident of her dream to become a pediatrician. Now she’s failing her classes. Now she’s falling in love for the first time.

Lydia, Dean, and Robyn live very different lives, but each of them, independently, has always felt that something was missing. What they don’t know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down. It is a letter containing a secret—one that will bind them together and show them what love and family and friendship really mean.

 

My Thoughts: Their story began before they were even born, and the nature of their births would not be usual. Perhaps these facts of their existence might explain why each of them, still unknown to one another, felt as though something were missing.

The Making of Us was an engaging story of family, relationships, and how connections come about in unexpected ways.

We first meet Glenys, a young Welsh woman who longs for a baby. But no baby comes. Then Glenys makes an unconventional decision that changes everything.

We see her daughter Lydia, drifting through life after her mother’s death when she is three. When her father dies when she is in her teens, she moves to London, attends university, and creates a product that leads to substantial wealth.

In alternating voices, we meet each of the young people whose lives began on separate paths but will soon connect. The information that jumpstarts each of their new lives moves the story along until the reader is fascinated, feeling connected to the characters and each of their adventures.
In the end, I longed to spend more time with them, not wanting to say goodbye . 4.5 stars.***

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