Drawing Home

Drawing Home Details

TitleDrawing Home
Author
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Drawing Home Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    "There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."-Jill Churchill, "Grime and Punishment"Do you have an author you reach for when you're needing a certain kind of fix? I read a large number of dark novels and I find it important to space those out with some lighter reads. I stumbled upon Jamie Brenner 3 years ago when I won a giveaway featuring her novel The Wedding Sisters and instantly knew I'd found my go-to author for all things uplifting and feel good. I found myse "There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."-Jill Churchill, "Grime and Punishment"Do you have an author you reach for when you're needing a certain kind of fix? I read a large number of dark novels and I find it important to space those out with some lighter reads. I stumbled upon Jamie Brenner 3 years ago when I won a giveaway featuring her novel The Wedding Sisters and instantly knew I'd found my go-to author for all things uplifting and feel good. I found myself picking up Drawing Home on a whim this past weekend while needing a pick me up, and it was just the ticket to send my mood soaring."My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage."-Aunt Frances, "Practical Magic" (1998)In typical Brenner fashion, we find ourselves whisked away to a world full of glorious beaches, tense family bonds, and a light mystery that keeps a slight vein of suspense accessible to the reader. I find this compilation to be highly engaging in a compulsively readable way, ensuring these "beach reads" to be a fantastic slump buster and escape from reality, even if just for a few hours. I don't want to spoil anything, and the synopsis gives you everything you need going into this book, but I was highly satisfied with the emotional arc of the family dynamics and relationships in the story, and also pleased with how everything wraps up in the end. Another fabulous read from the New England Queen!*I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    I love that Elin Hilderbrand, the queen of the beach read, wrote a blurb for Jamie Brenner. The pair could be two peas in the same pod! 🏖 🏖 🏖 🏖 Drawing Home is set in beautiful and quaint Sag Harbor. It’s summer, and Emma Mason is working the front desk at The American Hotel. Henry Wyatt, an artist and one of Sag Harbor’s most famous residents, passes away and leaves Emma’s teenage daughter, Penny, his waterfront home. Why? Emma has no idea. Bea Winstead is a famous art patron in shock over her I love that Elin Hilderbrand, the queen of the beach read, wrote a blurb for Jamie Brenner. The pair could be two peas in the same pod! 🏖 🏖 🏖 🏖 Drawing Home is set in beautiful and quaint Sag Harbor. It’s summer, and Emma Mason is working the front desk at The American Hotel. Henry Wyatt, an artist and one of Sag Harbor’s most famous residents, passes away and leaves Emma’s teenage daughter, Penny, his waterfront home. Why? Emma has no idea. Bea Winstead is a famous art patron in shock over her friend, Henry’s, death. Bea lives in Manhattan and is absolutely flabbergasted by Henry leaving his house to some unrelated child. Bea, along with her personal assistant Kyle, travels to Sag Harbor to right this wrong and protect her friends’ legacy. Emma is in place to defend what her daughter has inherited. At the same time, Bea discovers a large number of Henry’s art pieces around Sag Harbor. Penny helps Bea find them all, and through them, they learn a giant secret about their shared history. Emma and Bea are forced to confront the past. First off, I loved the characters here. Emma is so sympathetic. She has her hands full as a single mom, and she faces many new challenges as the novel progresses. She has to battle with Bea on top of it. I also loved Bea and Penny.The tone of the book is authentic, and the writing and storyline are completely immersive, as with Brenner’s other novels. I dove into this story and didn’t come up for air until I read the last page. The plot itself has it all, including family dynamics, mystery, friendship, grief and loss, as well as forgiveness and hope. Brenner takes what is best about summer beach reads and makes them all her own. She captures the nuances in relationships and handles difficult issues with grace and honesty, while never going too dark or overbearing. I always find her books smart and entertaining with lots of heart.Thanks for another brilliant book, Jamie Brenner! I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsThe setting of the picturesque and historic town of Sag Harbor during the summer months was a nice backdrop to the novel.Emma, a single mom and her teenage daughter, Penny are living their everyday lives when they are "surprised" by an unexpected inheritance. The key to understanding this "mystery" of why Penny was left the inheritance will be pieced together as other characters show up to fight for a piece of the action.While I enjoyed this one, I do feel it moved at a slow pace and I 3.5 StarsThe setting of the picturesque and historic town of Sag Harbor during the summer months was a nice backdrop to the novel.Emma, a single mom and her teenage daughter, Penny are living their everyday lives when they are "surprised" by an unexpected inheritance. The key to understanding this "mystery" of why Penny was left the inheritance will be pieced together as other characters show up to fight for a piece of the action.While I enjoyed this one, I do feel it moved at a slow pace and I found myself challenging some of the characters decisions.  It did pick up during the last half and I was surprised and satisfied with the wrap up.Thanks to NG and the publisher for my review copy. This one is out in May 2019
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    With last year’s release of The Husband Hour, Jamie Brenner grew to an absolute must read author for me. With Drawing Home, she has solidified that spot permanently. With unique characters that each spoke to me in different ways, I felt like they were real people to me. I did not want to say goodbye to Emma & Penny and even Bea Winstead! In creating the world that artist Henry Wyatt “drew” as his own with those he loved, Brenner truly has “drawn home”I received an advance copy. All opinions With last year’s release of The Husband Hour, Jamie Brenner grew to an absolute must read author for me. With Drawing Home, she has solidified that spot permanently. With unique characters that each spoke to me in different ways, I felt like they were real people to me. I did not want to say goodbye to Emma & Penny and even Bea Winstead! In creating the world that artist Henry Wyatt “drew” as his own with those he loved, Brenner truly has “drawn home”I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • ABookwormWithWine
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 (4.5/5)Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner is a lovely book that infuses family, drama, love, and all the best (and worst) things about life into one unforgettable read. What it's about: It is summer in Sag Harbor and Emma Mapson is a busy, single, working mom. She works very long shifts at the front desk of The American Hotel all while trying to take care of and provide for her fourteen-year-old daughter Penny who has OCD. The only thing that seems to make Penny truly happy is hanging out w ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 (4.5/5)Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner is a lovely book that infuses family, drama, love, and all the best (and worst) things about life into one unforgettable read. What it's about: It is summer in Sag Harbor and Emma Mapson is a busy, single, working mom. She works very long shifts at the front desk of The American Hotel all while trying to take care of and provide for her fourteen-year-old daughter Penny who has OCD. The only thing that seems to make Penny truly happy is hanging out with a famous eighty-year-old artist named Henry Wyatt. But when Henry dies suddenly, Emma finds out he left his entire estate and almost all of his art to Penny. No one knows why, especially not Henry's old friend (and maker of his career) Bea Winstead in New York City. She heads out to Sag Harbor with intentions to claim what she believes is rightfully hers, but what she finds is a whole lot more than she ever could have expected. I don't know what is going on lately, but I seem to be on a streak of books that bring me to tears and Drawing Home was no exception. Between the laughter and tears, there are solid characters and life changing stories, all told from multiple viewpoints. We have Bea's, Emma's, and Penny's POVs throughout the book, and I really liked this approach. While Bea drove me insane almost the entire book, I still appreciated being able to see things through her eyes as Henry's old friend and manager of his career for many years. Emma was doing the best she could as a single mom, and I was so moved by Penny's struggle with OCD.The idyllic setting of Sag Harbor and The American Hotel was so vivid through Brenner's writing that I felt like I was right there. Even though there are some very serious topics touched on in the book, it was also on the lighter side and definitely a perfect read for summer. The chapters were fairly short which made the book seem to fly buy even though it took me a bit over 5 hours to read.Final Thought: This was my first time reading a book by Brenner and I really fell in love with her writing. She knows how to bring both a setting and characters to life, and make you feel like a part of the story and the character's struggles. I really can't wait to read more from her, and I highly recommend making Drawing Home a part of your summer reading list! I received an Advance Review Copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Heart-tugging, tender, and sincere!Drawing Home is an uplifting, engaging tale that takes us to Sag Harbor and into the life of Emma Mapson as she juggles all sorts of highs and lows, including single motherhood, an unexpected inheritance left to her teenage daughter, an ex who suddenly reappears out of nowhere, and an elderly woman determined to contest the final wishes of her oldest friend.The prose is immersive and expressive. The characters are well-drawn, troubled, likable, and genuine. And Heart-tugging, tender, and sincere!Drawing Home is an uplifting, engaging tale that takes us to Sag Harbor and into the life of Emma Mapson as she juggles all sorts of highs and lows, including single motherhood, an unexpected inheritance left to her teenage daughter, an ex who suddenly reappears out of nowhere, and an elderly woman determined to contest the final wishes of her oldest friend.The prose is immersive and expressive. The characters are well-drawn, troubled, likable, and genuine. And the plot is a wonderful mix of life, loss, forgiveness, grief, love, familial drama, friendship, community, contentment, coming-of-age, and art.Overall, Drawing Home is another lighthearted, beautiful, beach read by Brenner that mixes a side of a mystery with her innate ability to delve into all the psychological and emotional entanglements found in nuclear families.Thank you to Little, Brown and Company and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Last year I fell in love with Jamie Brenner’s writing when I read The Husband Hour and I knew after reading just one of her books that I had found a new must read author for myself. From the stunning cover to the very final page this one had me enraptured throughout and only made me even more sure that the author is an auto buy for me.You know what makes an perfect “beach read” for me? It’s a combination of a few key elements and Brenner has perfected this for me. Setting is obviously huge here, Last year I fell in love with Jamie Brenner’s writing when I read The Husband Hour and I knew after reading just one of her books that I had found a new must read author for myself. From the stunning cover to the very final page this one had me enraptured throughout and only made me even more sure that the author is an auto buy for me.You know what makes an perfect “beach read” for me? It’s a combination of a few key elements and Brenner has perfected this for me. Setting is obviously huge here, I wanna be swept away to somewhere gorgeous and well described, I also want to connect with the characters, they’ve gotta have depth and dimension, but there’s also gotta be a lighter side too, a tricky balance for some. Finally, I want to be invested in the story, it has to have substance and intrigue. Guess what?! This book has all of that and more.Sag Harbor was fully brought to life here, there is so much history alongside the charming little town that I found myself wishing I could vacation there this summer. I connected with Emma from the start, she was extremely likable and her daughter Penny was just as easy to love, although Bea was the kind of character I love to hate, but that’s always fun. All three women were complex and interesting, so check off great characterization as well. There’s a light mystery at play as well, why exactly did Henry leave his estate to Penny? And who will wind up with the property in the end? There were many engaging plot points and angles here, deep familial bonds and history and how their dynamics evolved and grew over time, romance, grief and so much more. This one had it all for me friends, I’m calling it a must read for summer and I urge you all to read it on vacation this year!Drawing Home in three words: Immersive, Intriguing and Genuine.
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  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    January 1, 1970
    (free review copy) An absolutely gorgeous summer beach story with a wonderful mother-daughter relationship, art, and enough intrigue to keep the pages flying. Incredibly atmospheric- I have never been to Sag Harbor, but now I feel like it’s my long lost home. A must read summer book!
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  • Diane Perry
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Imagine you are a single mom barely making ends meat when suddenly your daughter has inherited a mansion from a man you only know from the hotel you managed. Emma 's life is turned upside down when this happens. This was such a fun and heart warming story. Jamie Brenner has a true gift for bringing fascinating and relatable characters come to life. Very enjoyable!
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  • Kailey (kmc_reads)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded up. RTC
  • Lori Boyd
    January 1, 1970
    “The past is never over. The past informs the present and therefore shapes the future.”3.5 Stars for this quick read. Nice to have a read set in the summer while celebrating Christmas. I really enjoyed the author’s ‘The Husband Hour’ so was looking forward to this book. I was a little disappointed in the predictability of the story. At times I needed to put down the book because I wanted to smack some the characters! Although, I did/do enjoy Ms. Brenner’s writing and look forward to her next boo “The past is never over. The past informs the present and therefore shapes the future.”3.5 Stars for this quick read. Nice to have a read set in the summer while celebrating Christmas. I really enjoyed the author’s ‘The Husband Hour’ so was looking forward to this book. I was a little disappointed in the predictability of the story. At times I needed to put down the book because I wanted to smack some the characters! Although, I did/do enjoy Ms. Brenner’s writing and look forward to her next book, this one left me wanting more....backbone, anger, drama before the ending. I enjoyed the snippets of history about Sag Harbor. Emma is raising Penny as a single Mom living in Sag Harbor. Penny befriends a transplanted famous artist, Henry Wyatt. When Henry suddenly passes, he leaves his vaste fortune to Penny. Enter Bea, his friend and person responsible for his fame, who is outraged that this windfall wasn’t left to her. She moves into house that should rightfully be hers, but isn’t. Enter a greedy ex husband, hunky assistant and an exclusive fundraiser. That’s to NetGalley and the Publisher for this ARC. All opinions are my own.
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  • Rochelle Weinstein
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the review copy of Drawing Home. Jamie Brenner does it again with a beautifully written tale of family and friendship set in Sag Harbor. Great for book clubs and lovers of smart, women's fiction, Drawing Home tells the story of famous artist, Henry Wyatt, who bequeaths his home to young, budding artist, Penny Mapson. Penny and her single mom, Emma, live a quiet life in Sag Harbor until news of the extravagant gift lures Penny's estranged father to to Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the review copy of Drawing Home. Jamie Brenner does it again with a beautifully written tale of family and friendship set in Sag Harbor. Great for book clubs and lovers of smart, women's fiction, Drawing Home tells the story of famous artist, Henry Wyatt, who bequeaths his home to young, budding artist, Penny Mapson. Penny and her single mom, Emma, live a quiet life in Sag Harbor until news of the extravagant gift lures Penny's estranged father to town as well as Bea Winstead, Henry's lifelong friend and business associate. Loyalties are tried and tested while these characters, along with the thoughtful Angus and Kyle, intersect at a scenic beach town. Bittersweet with a satisfying conclusion, we come to understand the true meaning of family--and it isn't always the one we're born into.
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  • Cortney Walton
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher-Little, Brown and Company- for providing an e-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I absolutely loved Drawing Home. The characters were so vibrant and relatable. Emma and her daughter are having problems. Emma works all the time and Penny is battling OCD. Things definitely get worse when Penny’s friend, Henry, suddenly dies. To Emma and Penny’s shock, Henry leaves Penny his beautiful home. Henry’s longtime friend, Bea, is furiou Thanks to the publisher-Little, Brown and Company- for providing an e-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I absolutely loved Drawing Home. The characters were so vibrant and relatable. Emma and her daughter are having problems. Emma works all the time and Penny is battling OCD. Things definitely get worse when Penny’s friend, Henry, suddenly dies. To Emma and Penny’s shock, Henry leaves Penny his beautiful home. Henry’s longtime friend, Bea, is furious his home wasn’t left to her so she begins a court case to save what she thinks should be hers. What happens next is life changing. This is a beautiful story about coming into your own, special friendships, and creating new relationships that will change your life. I really loved this book and simply adored the ending.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    Sag Harbor is a small village at the eastern end of Long Island, NY, that began its life as a major whaling and shipping port during the late 18th century. In fact, Congress declared the village as the first port of entry into the U.S. on July 31, 1789, building the first US Custom House on L.I. The population at this time was 1,723, but various languages could be heard on the streets of this International port town. By the end of the 19th century and into the 20th, Sag Harbor became the destina Sag Harbor is a small village at the eastern end of Long Island, NY, that began its life as a major whaling and shipping port during the late 18th century. In fact, Congress declared the village as the first port of entry into the U.S. on July 31, 1789, building the first US Custom House on L.I. The population at this time was 1,723, but various languages could be heard on the streets of this International port town. By the end of the 19th century and into the 20th, Sag Harbor became the destination for the wealthy to summer; and that tide still flows into the 21st.One of the oldest hotels in town is the coveted place to be; however, The American Hotel only has eight guest rooms. The bar, which seems to be crowded three-deep, continually, is where everyone wants to be seen. Emma Mapson, a native since birth, works the front desk, as she performs guest service magic throughout.She’s also the single Mom to her 14-year-old daughter, Penny. When Penny is not in school, she spends most of her time in the cozy parlor of the American Hotel with her sketch pad as her mom works. This is how she meets Henry Wyatt, an elderly man that sits at the bar every day and sketches on cocktail napkins, while he sips his martini. Henry never speaks to anyone and only occasionally to Emma, but he patiently joins Penny on the parlor couch as they sketch together under his gentle guidance. Emma worries about this relationship because Penny has no other friendships with kids her age. This is mostly due to her OCD and anxiety that she tries to work on as she sees her therapist twice a week, to no avail. Kids her age just make her nervous, but Henry just calms her. While Emma is busy with the incoming weekend crowd and Penny steps out to get some yogurt across the street, Henry suddenly falls off his bar stool and collapse on the bar’s floor. Paramedics arrive to fight through the onlookers while the bartender realizes Henry is dead. Penny hears the news from the crowds outside and is devastated. The news reports, “Henry Wyatt, pioneer of the minimalist art movement, dead at 83.” Both Emma and Penny had no idea how famous Henry was, nor did they know how wealthy, when Henry leaves his huge house on the water, and most of his art to Penny. They also have no idea why.As they’re dealing with this amazing shock, Bea Winstead, Henry’s former agent, storms into town ready to contest the Will and claim what she feels is rightly hers. First, she must prove her statements, which becomes difficult as she speaks negatively of Emma and even Penny all around town. Bea tries to take over Henry’s house by blatantly moving in and starts cataloging his art work. Get ready for a passionate and often illogical fight over Henry’s estate.Bea will find small pieces of Henry’s donated art all over town, almost like pieces of a puzzle. Is he trying to tell her something? It’s practically a scavenger hunt. In the meantime, Bea gets to know Penny better and realizes what Henry saw in her art talent. What she discovers is bittersweet, but the result it brings to all will be peace. This is a rousing good story where people mistrust first, make quick judgments, but truth and a bunch of well-meaning people work toward a decent solution.Other than my own impatience of wanting the story to move faster, it was well worth reading to the last page!Thank you NetGalley, Little, Brown and Co. and Jamie Brenner
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  • Vicki (kybookgirl)
    January 1, 1970
    Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner is a wonderful story about family, both the family we are born with and the family we create for ourselves. This is the third Brenner book that I have read and does not disappoint. Emma (the mother) and Penny (the daughter) live in the sleepy, little beach town of Sag Harbor that springs to life every May by tourists. Penny has OCD and not many friends her age but she loves to draw and makes friends with Henry Wyatt, the towns' most famous resident. Henry came to Sa Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner is a wonderful story about family, both the family we are born with and the family we create for ourselves. This is the third Brenner book that I have read and does not disappoint. Emma (the mother) and Penny (the daughter) live in the sleepy, little beach town of Sag Harbor that springs to life every May by tourists. Penny has OCD and not many friends her age but she loves to draw and makes friends with Henry Wyatt, the towns' most famous resident. Henry came to Sag Harbor from a busy life in NYC when he retired from his career as a painter. Henry hangs out at the bar of The American Hotel, where Emma works and Penny spends time. Henry gives drawing lessons to Penny and the two form a deep friendship over graphic novels, drawing and art.Upon Henry's death, Emma and Penny discover that Henry has left his amazing showplace house, the furnishings and all of his art to Penny, which confuses Emma and infuriates someone from Henry's past.The characters are well written and likable. Jamie Brenner is one of my favorite writers and while the story summaries and book covers may look like her books are just another fluffy beach read, they are much more. This one is a summer beach story, a family story and a story of friendship. Thanks to Netgalley, Jamie Brenner and Little Brown & Company to the opportunity to review this one ahead of the publish date of May 7, 2019.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner was my first read by her :).Emma a single mother taking care of her teenage daughter Penny are surprised with an unexpected inheritance one day. The story surrounds the mystery of unfolding the inheritance and many others that pop up along the way to try to get some of the inheritance.I found it a bit slow moving at times and was super frustrated with the characters at times. I was disappointed as well with the predictability of the story but was very impressed with Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner was my first read by her :).Emma a single mother taking care of her teenage daughter Penny are surprised with an unexpected inheritance one day. The story surrounds the mystery of unfolding the inheritance and many others that pop up along the way to try to get some of the inheritance.I found it a bit slow moving at times and was super frustrated with the characters at times. I was disappointed as well with the predictability of the story but was very impressed with Brenner's writing style.I loved Penny!! I was glad that she was one of the main characters and found myself relating to her in some ways which helped the moving of the story for me :).Overall, this was a fun beach read for the summer. 3.5 stars! Thank you to Little Brown for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Publication date: 5/7/19Published to Goodreads: 4/21/19
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Jamie Brenner, Author of "Drawing Home" has written an intriguing, captivating, enthralling, delightful, heartwarming and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction, and Women's Fiction. There is a "dash" of mystery and surprise in this book as well. The story takes place in Sag Harbor on Long Island. I love the vivid descriptions of the beautiful town, and beaches and water that Jamie Brenner has written. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. Some a Jamie Brenner, Author of "Drawing Home" has written an intriguing, captivating, enthralling, delightful, heartwarming and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction, and Women's Fiction. There is a "dash" of mystery and surprise in this book as well. The story takes place in Sag Harbor on Long Island. I love the vivid descriptions of the beautiful town, and beaches and water that Jamie Brenner has written. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. Some are dysfunctional and quirky.  I love reading about the summer  in Sag Harbor, with historical references, beautiful beaches, and a very traditional hotel in a small town. This is also a coming of age story.Emma Mapson, single mom to fourteen year old Penny, works hard managing the front desk at the American Hotel. Penny is very artistic, and loves graphic books. Often the famed Artist Henry Wyatt, can be seen working with Penny. Henry Wyatt is an older Artist. When Henry Wyatt passes away suddenly, it appears that Penny and Emma's life will take an interesting turn.Bea Winstead has been friends and business partners with Henry for over 50 years, and comes from New York City to check on his estate. Bea is a very outspoken woman and is grieving her friend, but is shocked at what  Henry's new will states.  She is determined no matter what to get to the bottom of the changes to the will, and to find out what is going on.One of my favorite parts of this story is the "Treasure Hunt" to find some of Henry's drawings that are scattered through-out the town.  I appreciate that Jamie Brenner discusses the importance of family, friends, community, honest, love and hope. The contemporary problems of drugs, and Obsessive Control Disorder are also brought up.I highly recommend this heartwarming and thought-provoking novel for those readers who enjoy a delightful read. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Jamie Brenner has had a hold on me since last year’s release, The Husband Hour. She has this incredible writing style that sucks you in, pulls at your heart, and makes you a part of whomever she is writing about. Drawing Home is no different. There’s Emma. A young, hardworking mom with pride who has a bored, teenage daughter by the name of Penny. That girl is ready to test some boundaries. What teen out there doesn’t long for a life outside of their own? Then there’s the privileged and well know Jamie Brenner has had a hold on me since last year’s release, The Husband Hour. She has this incredible writing style that sucks you in, pulls at your heart, and makes you a part of whomever she is writing about. Drawing Home is no different. There’s Emma. A young, hardworking mom with pride who has a bored, teenage daughter by the name of Penny. That girl is ready to test some boundaries. What teen out there doesn’t long for a life outside of their own? Then there’s the privileged and well known woman in the art world known as Bea. Man, I loathed her for a good part of the book. These incredibly different lives collide when a local artist to their seaside town passes away unexpectedly. And leaves his waterfront home to Penny -- the angsty, OCD-ridden teenager. What the hell just happened?That is precisely what Bea intends to find out. While Emma does all she knows to protect Penny, Bea is adamant there has been some mistake. This well known, prominent artist not only left his home to some teenager, he also left his priceless drawings all over town all willy-nilly like. Giving them to whomever. Bea is perplexed and pissed. I’m sure she wouldn’t use those terms exactly. Bea’s entitlement shines throughout the book like diamonds and I really, really disliked her. Until I loved her. Emma’s pride breaks your heart and you just want her to win. For once. And Penny? Well, you just want to smack her upside the head. Hello. Teenager. The secondary characters take over your heart just as much as the main characters do (except for one douchecanoe. You’ll know who he is, the smarmy bastard). Sag Harbor has a piece of my heart. As a long ago doodler, it was all I could do to not imagine Henry’s drawings. I would love to see them if they truly existed. Brenner has written another wonderful novel that you absolutely cannot miss. A must read for summer.I received an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    January 1, 1970
    It was a little slow in spots but loved the story overall and the ending. Would have liked a stronger romance too.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    DNF after 60 pages. It's fine, but I wasn't compelled to keep going.
  • Kelsey (Kelseylovesbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Jamie Brenner does it again with an inventive summer read. When 14 year old Penny inherits the house of an eccentric artist millionaire, her and her mother's lives are turned upside down. However, they are not the only ones who can make a case for having a claim to the house and priceless artwork inside. This novel has new twists and turns cropping up constantly, but they worked perfectly together. By the end of the book, I was attached to all of the characters and didn't want it to end! Even th Jamie Brenner does it again with an inventive summer read. When 14 year old Penny inherits the house of an eccentric artist millionaire, her and her mother's lives are turned upside down. However, they are not the only ones who can make a case for having a claim to the house and priceless artwork inside. This novel has new twists and turns cropping up constantly, but they worked perfectly together. By the end of the book, I was attached to all of the characters and didn't want it to end! Even though there is not a cliffhanger ending, I could absolutely read another book that is a continuation of this story! I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    "The people and places you discover along the way in life can be as significant- sometimes more significant- than the family you're born into."This is a wonderful book about love and forgiveness and family - not just the family you are born into but the family that you create with the people you love. The characters are well written - flaws and all and feel like people I know in my life.Emma and her daughter Penny live in Sag Harbor. Emma works long hours at a hotel and struggles financially to "The people and places you discover along the way in life can be as significant- sometimes more significant- than the family you're born into."This is a wonderful book about love and forgiveness and family - not just the family you are born into but the family that you create with the people you love. The characters are well written - flaws and all and feel like people I know in my life.Emma and her daughter Penny live in Sag Harbor. Emma works long hours at a hotel and struggles financially to take care of her daughter. Penny struggles with OCD and her self-esteem. She has befriended a world renowned artist who lives in town and helps her take her drawing talent to a higher level. When he dies unexpectedly, he leaves his home and art work to Penny. No one is more shocked that Bea, an art dealer and good friend from his younger years and she moves into the house and decides to contest the will. As the battle wages over the ownership of the house and art work, there are lessons to be learned about love and family and forgiveness.This is a wonderful heart warming novel and has a terrific ending.Thanks to netgalley for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Another fabulous book by Jamie Brenner. Again I won’t provide a synopsis because you can gather that from the publishers blurb. Drawing Home visits the summertime landscape of my childhood and brought back so many memories. Ultimately it’s about what makes a family and what makes a home. Throw in a will that’s being contested, small town politics and you’ve got a fabulous read. I drew out reading this one because I didn’t want it to end. Highly recommend.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Jamie Brenner, Author of "Drawing Home" has written an intriguing, captivating, enthralling, delightful, heartwarming and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction, and Women's Fiction. There is a "dash" of mystery and surprise in this book as well. The story takes place in Sag Harbor on Long Island. I love the vivid descriptions of the beautiful town, and beaches and water that Jamie Brenner has written. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. Some a Jamie Brenner, Author of "Drawing Home" has written an intriguing, captivating, enthralling, delightful, heartwarming and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this story are Fiction, and Women's Fiction. There is a "dash" of mystery and surprise in this book as well. The story takes place in Sag Harbor on Long Island. I love the vivid descriptions of the beautiful town, and beaches and water that Jamie Brenner has written. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. Some are dysfunctional and quirky.  I love reading about the summer  in Sag Harbor, with historical references, beautiful beaches, and a very traditional hotel in a small town. This is also a coming of age story.Emma Mapson, single mom to fourteen year old Penny, works hard managing the front desk at the American Hotel. Penny is very artistic, and loves graphic books. Often the famed Artist Henry Wyatt, can be seen working with Penny. Henry Wyatt is an older Artist. When Henry Wyatt passes away suddenly, it appears that Penny and Emma's life will take an interesting turn.Bea Winstead has been friends and business partners with Henry for over 50 years, and comes from New York City to check on his estate. Bea is a very outspoken woman and is grieving her friend, but is shocked at what  Henry's new will states.  She is determined no matter what to get to the bottom of the changes to the will, and to find out what is going on.One of my favorite parts of this story is the "Treasure Hunt" to find some of Henry's drawings that are scattered through-out the town.  I appreciate that Jamie Brenner discusses the importance of family, friends, community, honest, love and hope. The contemporary problems of drugs, and Obsessive Control Disorder are also brought up.I highly recommend this heartwarming and thought-provoking novel for those readers who enjoy a delightful read. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review. 
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  • Alyssa Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    I was really anticipating this book, because I absolutely loved the forever summer, (the husband hour fell completely flat for me) soo to say it took me a minute to get into this in an understatement... I even considered not finishing. One of the main characters was so annoying to me and seemingly had no redeeming qualities BUT I thought it turned around about halfway through. It wasn’t my favorite, which was kind of a let down, but I’m not mad I finished. The story center around an amazing arti I was really anticipating this book, because I absolutely loved the forever summer, (the husband hour fell completely flat for me) soo to say it took me a minute to get into this in an understatement... I even considered not finishing. One of the main characters was so annoying to me and seemingly had no redeeming qualities BUT I thought it turned around about halfway through. It wasn’t my favorite, which was kind of a let down, but I’m not mad I finished. The story center around an amazing artist who passes away and leaves his massive estate and pieces to a young girl.... even though an old friend thinks it should belong to her. If you’ve read this, I’m really interested in your take!
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  • Meredith Schorr
    January 1, 1970
    Another hit for Jamie Brenner! The world building in this charming beach read was wonderful. I loved the main characters, from single mother Emma, to troubled teenager Penny, to curmudgeon Bea as well as the supporting characters. I think what I loved the most was that there was a mystery built into the story and the author kept it to herself until the very end. I anticipate Brenner's new releases each year and look forward to 2020 already!Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my complime Another hit for Jamie Brenner! The world building in this charming beach read was wonderful. I loved the main characters, from single mother Emma, to troubled teenager Penny, to curmudgeon Bea as well as the supporting characters. I think what I loved the most was that there was a mystery built into the story and the author kept it to herself until the very end. I anticipate Brenner's new releases each year and look forward to 2020 already!Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my complimentary ARC.
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  • Sharlene
    January 1, 1970
    When it comes to great summer./beach books Jamie Brenner never disappoints. This is another great one. A delightful story of a mother/daughter relationship and the trials it involves. Also shows us that not always are immediate family our only family. Highly recommend this heart warning book. 5 stars.
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book! When legendary artist recluse Henry Wyatt dies, he sets off a storm of unlikely events by leaving his Sag Harbor mansion to the 14 year old daughter of the local hotel manager. We meet an array of talented, loving, damaged people, and they're thrown into upheaval because of the artist's bequeathment. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Wyatt's last will and testament wasn't a dotty old man's sentimentality at work, it was a caring recluse's ultimate Art Installation. Lov Loved this book! When legendary artist recluse Henry Wyatt dies, he sets off a storm of unlikely events by leaving his Sag Harbor mansion to the 14 year old daughter of the local hotel manager. We meet an array of talented, loving, damaged people, and they're thrown into upheaval because of the artist's bequeathment. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Wyatt's last will and testament wasn't a dotty old man's sentimentality at work, it was a caring recluse's ultimate Art Installation. Loved the interaction of characters. Loved the characters!
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  • Lori Palmer (Palmer's Page Turners)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book! Jamie Brenner is one of my auto-read authors, and this book did not disappoint! I loved the Sag Harbor summer setting, and I really enjoyed reading about the mother-daughter relationship between Emma and Penny--this book had so many feel good family aspects to it. I particularly liked Penny as a character and how Brenner portrayed anxiety, depression and OCD through Penny's character. I particularly liked how Penny dealt with her anxiety and OCD through her art. Such I really enjoyed this book! Jamie Brenner is one of my auto-read authors, and this book did not disappoint! I loved the Sag Harbor summer setting, and I really enjoyed reading about the mother-daughter relationship between Emma and Penny--this book had so many feel good family aspects to it. I particularly liked Penny as a character and how Brenner portrayed anxiety, depression and OCD through Penny's character. I particularly liked how Penny dealt with her anxiety and OCD through her art. Such a positive message for those struggling with those things--find your "art" or whatever helps you cope. I loved Penny's terminology of "bossing back" her OCD when she was faced with an anxious situation.The supporting characters were great too--though Bea annoyed me most of the book. Kyle and Angus were great. The ending to the book was satisfying and made for a perfect feel good read. If you're a Jamie Brenner fan, this one won't disappoint! If you haven't read Jamie Brenner--now is the time to start! Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    When you loved The Husband Hour and find yourself with Drawing Home you manage to put everything aside and become totally engulfed in all things Jamie Brenner.An unexpected inheritance from Henry's will leaves Bea as executor to the estate and with that comes much responsibility.Emma is the single mom struggling to make ends meet with Penny her teen daughter. Penny is the one who inherits the beautiful waterfront home from Henry the well known artist.Meanwhile Bea is grieving the loss of her fri When you loved The Husband Hour and find yourself with Drawing Home you manage to put everything aside and become totally engulfed in all things Jamie Brenner.An unexpected inheritance from Henry's will leaves Bea as executor to the estate and with that comes much responsibility.Emma is the single mom struggling to make ends meet with Penny her teen daughter. Penny is the one who inherits the beautiful waterfront home from Henry the well known artist.Meanwhile Bea is grieving the loss of her friend and business partner. The grief only deepens when she learns she's not the legal recipient of his estate and artwork.A battle brews between Emma and Bea over the house which leaves them challenging what's most important in their lives.Thank you to Jamie, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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