The Imperfects
From the bestselling author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays comes a captivating new novel about a priceless inheritance that leads one family on a life-altering pursuit of the truth.The Millers are far from perfect. Estranged siblings Beck, Ashley and Jake find themselves under one roof for the first time in years, forced to confront old resentments and betrayals, when their mysterious, eccentric matriarch, Helen, passes away. But their lives are about to change when they find a secret inheritance hidden among her possessions—the Florentine Diamond, a 137-carat yellow gemstone that went missing from the Austrian Empire a century ago.Desperate to learn how one of the world’s most elusive diamonds ended up in Helen’s bedroom, they begin investigating her past only to realize how little they know about their brave, resilient grandmother. As the Millers race to determine whether they are the rightful heirs to the diamond and the fortune it promises, they uncover a past more tragic and powerful than they ever could have imagined, forever changing their connection to their heritage and each other.Inspired by the true story of the real, still-missing Florentine Diamond, The Imperfects illuminates the sacrifices we make for family and how sometimes discovering the truth of the past is the only way to better the future.

The Imperfects Details

TitleThe Imperfects
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 5th, 2020
PublisherPark Row
ISBN-139781488057243
Rating
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Family, Mystery, Contemporary

The Imperfects Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    This book is close to be perfect with inventive, exciting, moving, captivating story-telling and well crafted characterization based on the real story of Florentine Diamond which is still missing.Let’s meet with Millers and its estranged family members. When you goggle their name the “dysfunctional family” term appears on your screen. They reluctantly come together because of their grandmother Helen’s sudden death. Ashley, Jake and Beck cannot stand with each other because they cannot pass throu This book is close to be perfect with inventive, exciting, moving, captivating story-telling and well crafted characterization based on the real story of Florentine Diamond which is still missing.Let’s meet with Millers and its estranged family members. When you goggle their name the “dysfunctional family” term appears on your screen. They reluctantly come together because of their grandmother Helen’s sudden death. Ashley, Jake and Beck cannot stand with each other because they cannot pass through their resentments, boiled up angers, feel betrayed, deceived, prefer not to breathe the same air with each other are now at the same roof. Let’s pray, they won’t kill each other!But guess what ? There is a secret inheritance’s existence appear among their grandmother’s possessions. Tatatata: And the big prize is: 137-carat yellow gemstone- The Florentine Diamond. Ding ding ding! Who’s gonna get this biggest prize? Beck, she inherits the brooch contains this yellow diamond, who is closer to their grandmother, showing the jewelry to her friend Victor. If they may prove her grandmother possess this diamond legally, they are gonna be millionaires! But there is a big question: How one of the most valuable jewelry piece on the earth ends up at their grandmother’s bedroom? They have to dig together to find out the hidden truth.Their search about family history and secrets of Helen help them heal their broken relationships and understand each other profoundly. This book hooks you from the start, making you entertain, laughing hard with the characters’ quirkiness and their distressed relationships. And there are also emotional, tear jerking, ugly crying parts which helps you empathize with these characters and see the familiarities with your own life.A life could be far from perfect but it is still worth to live and enjoy every moment! So c’est la vie!The author did an amazing job and warmed my heart and gave me quiet inspiration with her beautiful writing. I’m giving my 4 yellow, shiny, moving, powerful stars!Special thanks to NetGalley and Park Row for sharing this amazing ARC in exchange my honest review and I’m looking forward to read new books of Amy Meyerson.
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  • Gail C.
    January 1, 1970
    The Millers, central characters to this story, make up a completely dysfunctional family.While there story outlines the difficulty between the women of the family, a mom and two sisters; and the one son. The reader learns early that not only is this generation dysfunctional, the problems go back at least one more generation to include the dysfunctional relationship between their grandmother and their mother.The grandmother, Helen, dies and Becc, the granddaughter who learns of Helen’s death, the The Millers, central characters to this story, make up a completely dysfunctional family.While there story outlines the difficulty between the women of the family, a mom and two sisters; and the one son. The reader learns early that not only is this generation dysfunctional, the problems go back at least one more generation to include the dysfunctional relationship between their grandmother and their mother.The grandmother, Helen, dies and Becc, the granddaughter who learns of Helen’s death, then that she has been named the executrix of Helen’s will and that Helen has left the house to her mother, and the majority of the estate she has left to be divided between the three siblings. The only thing mentioned specifically for Becc is a brooch that appears to be of little or no intrinsic value.As Beck begins to question her grandmother's choices, she learns the booche actually has a huge diamond in the center, one that has been missing for years.After an uncomfortable meeting with the rest of the Miller family, Beck decides to tell them about the brooch and they all agree to consider selling it, but only after they have leaned how their grandmother came to be in possession of it.From this point on, the family encounters one difficulty after another as they begin to research the diamond. There are multiple side stories that add to each sibling’s situation and usually to their desire to sell the brooch. One sister’s husband has committed fraud and must pay the company back along with probably going to jail. Beck is wrestling with the fact she is a better employee than most of the others at her law firm but because of a poor decision she made in highschool she was kicked out of law school. Beck’s brother has neve managed to make much of himself. He had overnight success with his first screenplay which laid bare the sister’s individual character flaws and since that time all he has managed to do is smoke marijuana and work at Trader Joes. His live-in girlfriend is pregnant, he loses his job and is desperate for money. All three siblings are estranged from their mother who has never been a successful parent and who blames her mother for that fact.The story of the diamond, how it came to be in Helen’s possession and how she used some of the accompanying stones had some interest, but is completely overshadowed by the family’s struggles, their dysfunctionality and their individual struggles. There are few, if any, positive aspects to any of the characters in the story, making it difficult to care if they discover the origin of the diamond or if they become more likeable as individuals. I also found the ending to be less than satisfying in terms of how the future might unfold for any of the four principle characters.My thanks to Harlequin - Trade Publishing U.S. & Canada, and NetGalley for providing me with an advance digital read copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    This delicious, compulsively readable novel of an estranged family--three grown children, each with their secrets and divided loyalties, their hapless hippie mother and a grandmother with secrets, who dies, leaving her house to her daughter and her one special bequest to the youngest granddaughter Beck--a costume jewelry brooch which is so much more than that, a historic diamond for decades thought lost.The novel is both a gripping mystery and a family tale of imperfect people fighting to overco This delicious, compulsively readable novel of an estranged family--three grown children, each with their secrets and divided loyalties, their hapless hippie mother and a grandmother with secrets, who dies, leaving her house to her daughter and her one special bequest to the youngest granddaughter Beck--a costume jewelry brooch which is so much more than that, a historic diamond for decades thought lost.The novel is both a gripping mystery and a family tale of imperfect people fighting to overcome raw memories of neglect, selfishness, betrayals, mistakes and secrets which stand in the way of their clear love for one another. To understand the mystery of the brooch, they have to work together, and ultimately through their labors to discover the jewel's history, learn far more about themselves than they had ever expected. Large gemstones have a certain magic of their own, and Meyerson expertly captures that fascination, in her wonderful tracing of the origin of the secret brooch. But it is the tale of the reconciliation of the siblings--the yuppie wife Abigail, the stoner screenwriter Jake, and Beck the overqualified paralegal-- and their colorful, ever-hopeful mother Deborah (think Frankie of Grace and Frankie), as they begin to a uncover family secrets which Deborah's mother Helen had kept until death. I read this book morning and night until it was done, unable to break free of its spell. A sheer delight. Coming May 2020
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  • MicheleReader
    January 1, 1970
    The Millers are an imperfect family. Deborah Miller was an absent mother to Beck, Ashley and Jake who were raised mostly by grandmother Helen. The father had long been out of the picture. We learn the backstories of the three children. Each are dealing with their own issues and resentments. Now they have to deal with the death of their grandmother Helen. The death brings the estranged family together. Helen’s will states that her house goes to her daughter Deborah and the balance of the estate i The Millers are an imperfect family. Deborah Miller was an absent mother to Beck, Ashley and Jake who were raised mostly by grandmother Helen. The father had long been out of the picture. We learn the backstories of the three children. Each are dealing with their own issues and resentments. Now they have to deal with the death of their grandmother Helen. The death brings the estranged family together. Helen’s will states that her house goes to her daughter Deborah and the balance of the estate is to be split among the grandchildren with the exception of an unknown yellow diamond brooch which is to go to granddaughter Beck. While the piece of jewelry is found, it is assumed it is a piece of costume jewelry as the family had lived a modest life and the thought of a valuable piece of jewelry being in the family seemed unthinkable. In turns out that the yellow diamond is the missing Florentine Diamond. Missing since 1918 from Austria, the 137-carat treasure is worth millions.The family seeks to find out how Helen came to own the diamond and the interesting and enjoyable unraveling of the family mystery begins. The journey leads the family back to the Austrian Empire as well as Helen’s journey to the U.S. fleeing the Nazis. While the family’s history is being revealed, the present-day family needs to deal with their own personal problems amassing.The Imperfects is a good blend of family drama combined with historical fiction. I wish there was a little more on the history of the family and the struggles of Helen and her mother Flora. Deborah and her children are flawed characters – often unlikable. But you’ll root for the family as a whole hoping that learning about their family mystery can help each of them move on and heal.Review posted at MicheleReader.com
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  • The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review on The Candid CoverThe Imperfects by Amy Meyerson is a contemporary novel with an interesting historical element. The mysterious Florentine Diamond and how it came into the family’s possession makes the book intriguing to read. However, the intrigue becomes lost due to the large number of characters and slow moving plot.The concept of The Imperfects is really unique and I was immediately drawn in to learn more about the Florentine Diamond and how it came into Helen’s possession. The Full Review on The Candid CoverThe Imperfects by Amy Meyerson is a contemporary novel with an interesting historical element. The mysterious Florentine Diamond and how it came into the family’s possession makes the book intriguing to read. However, the intrigue becomes lost due to the large number of characters and slow moving plot.The concept of The Imperfects is really unique and I was immediately drawn in to learn more about the Florentine Diamond and how it came into Helen’s possession. The details about the diamond and its history give the story some compelling moments. It is enjoyable to read about the author’s ideas of what might have become of this infamous diamond after its disappearance in 1918.❀ QUITE A FEW CHARACTERSAs there are quite a few main characters and side characters in the book, it takes a bit of time and energy to keep track of them all. This really affected my enjoyment of the novel because it took a lot of effort to remember who is who. There isn’t one character that really stands out as a favourite, but there are a couple that are more likeable than others. Helen is definitely the most intriguing of the family members, as she has such an mysterious history.❀ SLOW-PACEDThis book moves at a very slow pace and there are very few chapter breaks. If not for my interest in the story of the diamond, I may have given up on it entirely. Also, the ending just didn’t seem to satisfy me for the effort that I made to stick with it.❀ UNIQUE CONCEPTThe Imperfects by Amy Meyerson is a novel that has a unique and engaging concept. The historical component to the story is interesting, although there are far too many characters and a slow moving plot. That being said, this book might be enjoyable for those who are interested in historical fiction.
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  • Angie Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Amy Meyerson has created a captivating story about a hilariously dysfunctional family that comes into a shocking inheritance—a world-famous, priceless 137-carat diamond. Part expertly-plotted historical mystery, part tender family drama, and part juicy international caper, THE IMPERFECTS has it all. An absolute pleasure to read, guaranteed to have readers turning the pages late into the night.
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  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    I’m trying to figure out how to articulate into comprehensible words how much I loved this book. I’ll try my best.The Imperfects launches into a tale of the Miller family - a broken, dysfunctional family where half the members are not speaking to each other. When their grandmother dies, leaving behind a will that states they must come together and reunite; they begrudgingly abide by her wishes. When looking through the paperwork, dividing up assets, and determining who gets what, the family disc I’m trying to figure out how to articulate into comprehensible words how much I loved this book. I’ll try my best.The Imperfects launches into a tale of the Miller family - a broken, dysfunctional family where half the members are not speaking to each other. When their grandmother dies, leaving behind a will that states they must come together and reunite; they begrudgingly abide by her wishes. When looking through the paperwork, dividing up assets, and determining who gets what, the family discovers a heirloom they never knew their grandmother had. She wasn’t a woman known for keeping valuable things and this piece was more than just valuable - it harbored many secrets.Amy Meyerson writes this book from the perspectives of the Miller siblings (Beck, Ashley, and Jake) as well as the perspective of their mother, Deborah. It also details parts of their grandmother, Helen’s life and details of their great-grandmother, Flora’s life.If you like contemporary fiction and historical fiction this book is perfect for you! This book presses these genres together so beautifully that I couldn’t stop myself from turning the pages. While the Miller family tries to learn the origin of their grandmother’s story, the origin of this valuable piece, you will uncover all kinds of intriguing data from WWI & WWII. The fall of an empire, the loss of family jewels, the devastation of the holocaust - it all unwinds into a glorious story that I can’t keep from gushing over.I highly recommend this one!TW: Loss of a Loved One, Mentions of WWI & WWII.*I received a gifted copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.
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  • Jodie
    January 1, 1970
    What family is perfect? Certainly not the Millers - Beck, Ashley and Jake who have been estranged for years. When their Grandmother Helen dies and the trio get together for the funeral, they are forced to confront the issues that have caused them to part. They also find the inheritance of a large yellow diamond which has been hidden away for decades - a gem that has been missing from the Austrian empire for a hundred years. Will the three finally make amends as they try to unravel the mystery of What family is perfect? Certainly not the Millers - Beck, Ashley and Jake who have been estranged for years. When their Grandmother Helen dies and the trio get together for the funeral, they are forced to confront the issues that have caused them to part. They also find the inheritance of a large yellow diamond which has been hidden away for decades - a gem that has been missing from the Austrian empire for a hundred years. Will the three finally make amends as they try to unravel the mystery of how their Grandmother came to have the diamond?The book explores the current lives of each of the three siblings, and their complex current relationships with others. The book not only characterizes the sometimes difficult relationships between siblings, but illustrates the desire to come together under a common past. The trio were further bonded by their quest to learn, and later their knowledge of, the experiences of Helen as a girl and young woman. Knowledge that would be used to defend her reputation.It should be noted that this book was inspired by the real Florentine Diamond - a 137 carat yellow diamond which to this day is still missing. I found the historical references in the book to be quite interesting.I listened to the audiobook version of this title which I borrowed from my local library. The narrator was Cassandra Campbell who gave a solid performance. I recommend this book to those who enjoy general fiction or historical fiction.
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  • Stacie Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    The matriarch of the Miller family, Helen, passes away, and leaves an ornate broach to her granddaughter Beck. Beck, her two siblings, and her mother are forced together for Helen's funeral and have decades of resentment to work through. Although each individual family member had a relationship with Helen, none of them were aware that Helen had been holding on to the 137 carat Florentine yellow diamond hidden within her broach. The Florentine diamond has been missing since 1918 so how did Helen The matriarch of the Miller family, Helen, passes away, and leaves an ornate broach to her granddaughter Beck. Beck, her two siblings, and her mother are forced together for Helen's funeral and have decades of resentment to work through. Although each individual family member had a relationship with Helen, none of them were aware that Helen had been holding on to the 137 carat Florentine yellow diamond hidden within her broach. The Florentine diamond has been missing since 1918 so how did Helen get this diamond in her possession?Amy Meyerson's book goes through the lives of the Miller family as each member is dealing with their own set of challenges and setbacks. When they find out they could potentially make millions off of this diamond, their focus turns to proving their legitimacy to the diamond and that Helen obtained the diamond legally. Can they make their case in time or will another claim win out on top?Although I really wanted this book to focus on the Helen, the diamond, and its history, the book focuses more on the lives of the Miller family. Unfortunately, I found all 4 of them to be annoying and very unlikeable. Each character was a different stereotype that never changed and constantly created more and more drama for themselves and their family. As a lover of historical fiction, if the book went back and forth between the lives of the Millers and the life of their grandmother and great-grandmother in Austria, I would have found this book much more enjoyable. I also found the ending to be completely unsatisfying and made me feel like what I had read had been a waste of time. Thank you to NetGalley and Park View Publishing to granting me an ARC of this novel in exchange for my unbiased review.
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  • anna jo
    January 1, 1970
    this is a great example of successful "telling, not showing". i know a lot of people prefer the latter, but i'm perfectly fine with this writing style. family drama's are fascinating to me because it all feels so REAL. all families are fucked up in someway. these characters were frustrating as hell but felt very real. stubbornness runs rampant, and damn if that isn't the truth.3.25 plot dragged a little but i really, really enjoyed my time reading this.
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  • Onceinabluemoon
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 an imperfect family will draw you in instantly and hold you tight highlighting every facet of life. Family drama sprinkled with historical fiction in an all encompassing read. I spent the entire day outside listening to the audio, the family angst was palpable!
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  • Genevieve Trono
    January 1, 1970
    This book was just what I needed to hold my attention right now. This read was equal parts family drama and historical fiction, which was a pleasant surprise to me. When a distressed family comes across an unexpected gem in their inheritance, they are led down a path of discovery, exposed secrets, and necessary growth. The characters were well developed and I loved seeing how they brought their own perception to the unfolding story. I especially loved the ending of this book...while it wasn’t pr This book was just what I needed to hold my attention right now. This read was equal parts family drama and historical fiction, which was a pleasant surprise to me. When a distressed family comes across an unexpected gem in their inheritance, they are led down a path of discovery, exposed secrets, and necessary growth. The characters were well developed and I loved seeing how they brought their own perception to the unfolding story. I especially loved the ending of this book...while it wasn’t predictable, it ended in a very satisfying way. Thank you to Harlequin, Park Row, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.
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  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Helen is dead.’The death of their grandmother, Helen Auerbach, forces a fractured family to reunite, at least temporarily. Siblings Beck, Ashley and Jake Miller and their mother Deborah carry the baggage of decades of betrayal, misunderstanding and resentment when they get together in their grandmother’s house after her death. Her will is clear: Helen left her house to Deborah, the balance of her estate to Beck, Ashley and Jake, with one exception: ‘My yellow diamond brooch goes to Becca’. Beck ‘Helen is dead.’The death of their grandmother, Helen Auerbach, forces a fractured family to reunite, at least temporarily. Siblings Beck, Ashley and Jake Miller and their mother Deborah carry the baggage of decades of betrayal, misunderstanding and resentment when they get together in their grandmother’s house after her death. Her will is clear: Helen left her house to Deborah, the balance of her estate to Beck, Ashley and Jake, with one exception: ‘My yellow diamond brooch goes to Becca’. Beck thinks that the brooch is costume jewellery and of little value. But the brooch is far from costume jewellery: it contains a 137-carat yellow diamond that went missing as the Hapsburg Empire collapsed in 1918. Ms Meyerson weaves an enthralling story, with elements of mystery (about both the diamond and Helen) as well as the lives of each of the members of the Miller family. And, while each member of the family dreams about the changes the sale of the diamond might bring to their lives, others are seeking to stake their claims.‘It’s funny how similar they seem, betrayal and protection.’The characters in this novel are very human: fallible and not always likeable. The history of the diamond is important: how did Helen end up with it? Was it stolen? Finding out the truth about the diamond leads Beck and her mother into the future, while Jake and Ashley are more focussed on problems they have currently.And the ending? Perhaps not what some readers are expecting, but somehow entirely appropriate.Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin HQ Fiction for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.The Nest meets Curtis Sitte When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.The Nest meets Curtis Sittenfeld in this captivating novel about a priceless inheritance that leads one family on a life-altering pursuit of the truth.The Millers are far from perfect. Estranged siblings Beck, Ashley and Jake find themselves under one roof for the first time in years, forced to confront old resentments and betrayals, when their mysterious, eccentric matriarch, Helen, passes away. But their lives are about to change when they find a secret inheritance hidden among her possessions—the Florentine Diamond, a 137-carat yellow gemstone that went missing from the Austrian Empire a century ago.Desperate to learn how one of the world’s most elusive diamonds ended up in Helen’s bedroom, they begin investigating her past only to realize how little they know about their brave, resilient grandmother. As the Millers race to determine whether they are the rightful heirs to the diamond and the fortune it promises, they uncover a past more tragic and powerful than they ever could have imagined, forever changing their connection to their heritage and each other.Inspired by the true story of the real, still-missing Florentine Diamond, The Imperfects illuminates the sacrifices we make for family and how sometimes discovering the truth of the past is the only way to better the future.This was a fascinating book with a real-life connection that made for fascinating fiction: wow that must be one incredible diamond. Yellow diamonds were always considered inferior in the past so I imagine that it was the size of it that made it incredible. Nowadays, yellow and "chocolate" diamonds are over-priced as they are trendy but real purists don't like them. as they are a result of marketing campaigns. I don't like how the book's description references other books and authors: this book shines on its own. Shines like a regular old white diamond.The characters were fascinating (I thought that my family was strange!) and the storyline enjoyable from page one. It was interesting to see where the plot led to and I will miss these siblings: if only there could be a sequel! If you liked or loved her previous book "The Bookshop of Yesterdays" you will enjoy this book: if you have not read, darn it, go back and do so!!!As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 💍💍💍💍💍
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  • Rachael | Booklist Queen
    January 1, 1970
    A forgettable dysfuction family story After the death of their grandmother, estranged siblings find a treasure hidden among her belongings - a 137-carat diamond. Now they must dive into their grandmother's history to figure out if they are the rightful heirs. More than anything, The Imperfects is a tale of dysfunctional family relationships and the struggle to forgive and understand those closest to you. In all, the book was 3 stars for me. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't memorable. I failed to emp A forgettable dysfuction family story After the death of their grandmother, estranged siblings find a treasure hidden among her belongings - a 137-carat diamond. Now they must dive into their grandmother's history to figure out if they are the rightful heirs. More than anything, The Imperfects is a tale of dysfunctional family relationships and the struggle to forgive and understand those closest to you. In all, the book was 3 stars for me. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't memorable. I failed to empathize with any of the characters, and without that connection, I'm likely to forget I ever read this book.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harlequin through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story with a few plotlines. We have the Millers, an extremely dysfunctional family, an extremely valuable diamond that disappeared in the early 20th century, dysfunctional adults with secrets, death of a matriarch and all that goes with that, and family lineage. When Helen dies, she leaves behind her estate to be executed by her granddaughter Beck. When the family all arrive at Helen's home, there are bound to be fireworks. They have not been together in over three years. When the will This is a story with a few plotlines. We have the Millers, an extremely dysfunctional family, an extremely valuable diamond that disappeared in the early 20th century, dysfunctional adults with secrets, death of a matriarch and all that goes with that, and family lineage. When Helen dies, she leaves behind her estate to be executed by her granddaughter Beck. When the family all arrive at Helen's home, there are bound to be fireworks. They have not been together in over three years. When the will is read, there are a lot of questions, emotions, distrust that leads this group on a journey that leads them to places they had never expected.I do not want to give away anymore of the story than the synopsis of this book. The characters all have baggage, secrets and anger. Trying to determine how Helen ended up with these jewels takes more time and effort than expected, all the way to Austria. There were times that I was frustrated with the siblings. I kept shouting, enough, give it a rest, but they didn't listen to me. For every one step forward, there was one step back. The story is told from the POVs of all three siblings, Beck, Ashley and Jake as well as their mother Deborah. Through there eyes we also learn about Helen and Flora, Helen's mother. There is some romance, but not a lot, some relationship building and repairing and a lot of forgiveness. This is a contemporary novel about family as well as a historical fiction story. I learned about the Hapsburgs, a time and a family that I did not know about before. I also learned quite a bit about diamonds and jewelry. I did a read/listen for this book. The audiobook was narrated by Cassandra Campbell. She is one of my favourite narrators and I was not disappointed with this performance. She used expression and intonation to give emotion to the characters and her voices, including accents in the European sections of the book, were well done. A very enjoyable listening experience. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request.
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  • Coleen
    January 1, 1970
    I did NOT have an eBook. I won a Goodread's paperback giveaway advance readers edition uncorrected proof.While this is not an historical novel per se, the members of the 'modern' family, after the death of their grandmother, are tracking back more than 100 years for the answers to their questions. Number One question, how did the Florentine Diamond, a famous and very real diamond, come into her possession? Grandmother Helen left the 'diamond' to her granddaughter, Beck, in her will, and Beck act I did NOT have an eBook. I won a Goodread's paperback giveaway advance readers edition uncorrected proof.While this is not an historical novel per se, the members of the 'modern' family, after the death of their grandmother, are tracking back more than 100 years for the answers to their questions. Number One question, how did the Florentine Diamond, a famous and very real diamond, come into her possession? Grandmother Helen left the 'diamond' to her granddaughter, Beck, in her will, and Beck actually found the piece of jewelry in her grandmother's home where it had been hidden.From there, the other siblings, Jake and Ashley, have questions and disputes about the provisions of their grandmother's will. Other characters, such as their mother, Deborah [Helen's daughter]; Jake's girlfriend; Ryan [Ashley's husband] and Tom,[Beck's former significant other and co-worker], and others in whom there is misplaced trust, all play parts in this interesting drama. I enjoyed the story and the realistic interactions of the family members - fighting and forgiving each other repeatedly - and only objected to the ending. It is difficult to think of an ending what would have 'worked' well.Nevertheless, I could think of some other endings that would have allowed for the catching and and punishing of those that deserve it. But how often does that really happen?
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  • Lisa Albright
    January 1, 1970
    The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson This book was a delightful family drama with a surprising bit of fascinating history woven into the story. Three siblings and their mother learn of their inheritance after their grandmother/mother passes away and the historical significance of a brooch and its jewels takes them on a journey to discover their ancestors secrets and the lives they thought they knew. I thoroughly enjoyed the well-thought-out plotline and the individual stories of the family members in The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson This book was a delightful family drama with a surprising bit of fascinating history woven into the story. Three siblings and their mother learn of their inheritance after their grandmother/mother passes away and the historical significance of a brooch and its jewels takes them on a journey to discover their ancestors secrets and the lives they thought they knew. I thoroughly enjoyed the well-thought-out plotline and the individual stories of the family members including their past mistakes that continue to haunt them. Their familial bonds are strong underneath, but fraught with temper and tension on the surface, yet the underlying theme of all for one and one for all is there. I liked that the book wrapped up nicely with a lot of growth among the characters, but not perfectly. As in life, there are still mistakes to be made and lessons to be learned. I've always been intrigued by the missing Fabergé eggs and the mystery surrounding so many lost pieces of art, jewelry, and artifacts and I love that the author created this story out of one of those missing pieces of history. Make sure you read the author's note at the end for more information.Thank you to Harper Collins for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    An exciting tale of a found historic diamond and some of its backgroundThree estranged siblings and their scatterbrained mother are called together to sit shiva for their recently deceased grandmother.During this three days of mourning they find out the contents of the grandmother's will including that she left a very large diamond to the youngest of the siblings who has been closest to her grandmother.The appearance of this diamond is a total surprise to all of them and they find they must work An exciting tale of a found historic diamond and some of its backgroundThree estranged siblings and their scatterbrained mother are called together to sit shiva for their recently deceased grandmother.During this three days of mourning they find out the contents of the grandmother's will including that she left a very large diamond to the youngest of the siblings who has been closest to her grandmother.The appearance of this diamond is a total surprise to all of them and they find they must work together to find out how it ended up in the grandmother's possession.I love stories about gems, jewelry, lost treasures, and robberies that include these. This was a bit different than other books I've read and has a strong historical background but it made for interesting reading.I recommend this to readers that enjoy stories about jewels, about World War II, about the Austrian Empire, or about dysfunctional families.I received this book from Park Row Books through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.
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  • Cait
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I have two minor issues with the book, but they impacted the polish of the book so: the copy of the ebook that I got from the library refers to the three kids being Jess, Ashley & Jake, so I was really confused for a like two chapters before I realised that Beck's name had obviously been changed for publication. Which is fine, it happens, but maybe make sure the blurb is updated? The second is that early on the book refers to Franz Ferdinand (he of starting WW1 infamy) as the Austrian 3.5 stars. I have two minor issues with the book, but they impacted the polish of the book so: the copy of the ebook that I got from the library refers to the three kids being Jess, Ashley & Jake, so I was really confused for a like two chapters before I realised that Beck's name had obviously been changed for publication. Which is fine, it happens, but maybe make sure the blurb is updated? The second is that early on the book refers to Franz Ferdinand (he of starting WW1 infamy) as the Austrian emperor's younger brother, not nephew. It's just such an obvious editing issue, and it really annoyed me, especially since the Austro-Hungarian imperial family is pretty key to the story, it wasn't an off hand thing. Anyway, the story itself was good! Poor Flora, poor Helen. Quick spoiler chat: (view spoiler)[I felt vindicated when Viktor turned out to be duplicitous, because right from when he was first on the page I was like HMMMM. I wasn't sure about the ending, but having sat with it a bit it's more or less the only way it could have ended. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Dazzling! Significantly pleasurable! A masterpiece full of detectives on board in every fashion.This was a wonderful piece about a haphazard of a mess involving a sparkly diamond that's worth millions which ended up in Helen's bedroom. Now you must know Helen is the matriarch of this family but she's now classified as a thief.Yikes!As we ponder how this all could've happened we run into a wild and hairy situation involving several characters who know the truth.The diamond was uncovered in Helen' Dazzling! Significantly pleasurable! A masterpiece full of detectives on board in every fashion.This was a wonderful piece about a haphazard of a mess involving a sparkly diamond that's worth millions which ended up in Helen's bedroom. Now you must know Helen is the matriarch of this family but she's now classified as a thief.Yikes!As we ponder how this all could've happened we run into a wild and hairy situation involving several characters who know the truth.The diamond was uncovered in Helen's doll but she's not the one who brought it back to the United States."The Florentine Diamond, a 137-carat yellow gemstone that went missing from the Austrian Empire a century ago" and was part of this secret inheritance for Beck, Ashley, and Jake.Holy smokes this diamond has created quite the stir including around Flora (Beck's Sis) who wasn't a nurse maid which is important for later.Who is this other guy that's involved here?Why is he so crucial to this plot?Ahhhh! Mums the word!!However, I will note that Helen was connected to this Joseph 'fella' in a surprising way.What is with this brooch? Who the heck is Deb?Wait one sec...There's a mistress? How?Oh, for the love...Keep reading because there's a hot bun here.I'm sorry I can't go any further into details but safe to say it's one hell of a wild ride!It's truly royalty!Thank you to Amy Meyerson, the publisher, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a delightful family saga that would be perfect for book groups. How did late Grandmother Helen come to be in possession of the Florentine diamond, one of the long lost jewels of WW2? Beck, Jake and Ashley and their mother Deborah aim to find out, and hope to be able to sell it and reap millions. But the plot zigs and zags, with all loose plot points thread and surprise. Compulsively readable - an ideal summer read!
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  • Mom_Loves_Reading
    January 1, 1970
    The title of the book sums up the main characters perfectly! "The Imperfects" is a complex, multi-layered novel about dysfunctional family relationships, namely siblings, with some romance, humor, & mystery laced in as well. Multi-generational & fun to read, it is well-crafted, heartwarming, profound, & utterly spellbinding, with flawed characters you will love getting to know. And a 137-carat diamond?? What the what?!?.Look for "The Imperfects' at your local bookseller & be sure to check out Am The title of the book sums up the main characters perfectly! "The Imperfects" is a complex, multi-layered novel about dysfunctional family relationships, namely siblings, with some romance, humor, & mystery laced in as well. Multi-generational & fun to read, it is well-crafted, heartwarming, profound, & utterly spellbinding, with flawed characters you will love getting to know. And a 137-carat diamond?? What the what?!?.Look for "The Imperfects' at your local bookseller & be sure to check out Amy's last novel, "The Bookshop of Yesterdays", another wonderful book!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This book is about a family reconciling their differences after the grandmother of the family passes away. As part of her will, she gives away a piece of jewelry to her granddaughter. This brooch includes a diamond that is suspected to be the Florentine Diamond. I enjoyed the story of the Florentine Diamond as much as learning about all of the characters.
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  • BookTrib.com
    January 1, 1970
    Amy Meyerson masterfully weaves a tale of historical mystery, a famous missing diamond, a Jewish family’s plight during the Holocaust, and the tenuous relationships of their modern-day descendants — the Miller family.Read our full review here:https://www.booktrib.com/2020/04/diam... Amy Meyerson masterfully weaves a tale of historical mystery, a famous missing diamond, a Jewish family’s plight during the Holocaust, and the tenuous relationships of their modern-day descendants — the Miller family.Read our full review here:https://www.booktrib.com/2020/04/diam...
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    The IMPERFECTS manages to pack just about everything into one good story about a dysfunctional family struggling to find equilibrium. And they haven’t just been struggling recently; their issues are multi-generational and so pervasive that individual members lack enough information to even process the origins of their dysfunction. Author Amy Meyerson has created a layered mystery hinged upon the sudden appearance of a gem-encrusted 1950’s-era pin in the family matriarch’s bedroom and subsequentl The IMPERFECTS manages to pack just about everything into one good story about a dysfunctional family struggling to find equilibrium. And they haven’t just been struggling recently; their issues are multi-generational and so pervasive that individual members lack enough information to even process the origins of their dysfunction. Author Amy Meyerson has created a layered mystery hinged upon the sudden appearance of a gem-encrusted 1950’s-era pin in the family matriarch’s bedroom and subsequently mentioned in her will. While at first her granddaughter assumes the pin is costume jewelry, she has it appraised and learns it is a missing famous jewel. Suddenly a larger mystery appears, did her thrifty grandmother steal the jewel, how else did she happen to own it? As it turns out, the family members know little to nothing about the grandmother who raised them and neither does their dippy mother. Their quest to learn more is a great tale, even as they bicker and claw their way through their hunt. This is a quick and engaging book, filled with historical details that enrich and color this wonderful book. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Tina Panik
    January 1, 1970
    A modern family story that’s intertwined with a diamond legacy. The mysteries within the family, and within the history of the diamond, make this a page-turning read. This was an ARC
  • Bookclubbish
    January 1, 1970
    CategoriesContemporary Women's Fiction, Literary Fiction, Cultural Heritage
  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great read, demonstrating the importance of family and tying together past & present. The plot had lots of elements and was easy to follow, yet not overly predictable. I found myself staying up late at night to read "just a few more pages!" This was a great read, demonstrating the importance of family and tying together past & present. The plot had lots of elements and was easy to follow, yet not overly predictable. I found myself staying up late at night to read "just a few more pages!"
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  • Kerry
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so much! The time put into researching all of the historical details of this amazing story is incredible. Part historical fiction, part family saga...I couldn’t put it down! Will be hand-selling this beauty at the bookstore as soon as it’s published in May. Would also make a great book club selection! Thank you so much for the ARC and the opportunity to read this beautiful story!
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