Lindas Book Obsession Review of “Seven Days of Us” by Francesca Hornak Berkley October 2018
Francesca Hornak, Author of “Seven Days of Us” has written an intense, intriguing, captivating, riveting, unique, and emotional novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. There are touches for Romance and Suspense as well. The author describes her dysfunctional characters as complex and complicated.
Can you imagine being quarantined, and FORCED to live with your family for seven days in the same residence without some problems occurring.? It is Christmas, and the Birch family is anything but traditional. Each individual character has their deep secrets and unique problems. Andrew Birch, the father. finds out that he has a son he never knew about that wants to visit. Emma, his wife has some devastating secrets that will affect the family. Phoebe, the fun-loving, absorbed younger daughter is planning a wedding with a man that she has been with six years.
Olivia Birch is one of the sisters , and a physician that has been working with people dying from a horrible virus. In order to be able to visit with her family, Olivia and the rest of the family has to be quarantined and locked up together for seven days. Olivia is not at all used to living in a modern world, and re-adjusting is a big task. What makes this worse, is Olivia’s co-worker and unknown to everyone, boyfriend, has now come down with this deadly disease.
Can anything else go wrong? If anyone enters the Birch home they have to be quarantined as well. The Wi-Fi is intermittent, and the family is forced to interact and deal with one another.
I appreciate that the author discusses many contemporary issues such as epidemics, homosexuality, exploring life choices and growth, and the devastating effects of omission and secrets. The author also mentions the importance of family, emotional support, love and hope. I recommend this novel for those readers that enjoy an intriguing and emotional read.