The Real Mrs. Tobias by Sally Koslow

The Real Mrs. Tobias is the latest book by Sally Koslow. It was published earlier this month and has a 4.7 out of 5 star review on Amazon. The book has received praise from Lisa Barr, USA Bestselling author of Woman on Fire, Christina Baker Kline, New York Times Bestselling author of The Orphan Train among others, and many others. I’m excited to bring you this book as part of BiblioLifestyleTours here and on my Instagram @Catreader18.

 

A sharply funny and big-hearted multi-generational story about the deeply complicated relationships between mothers- and daughters-in-law, told through three women who marry into the same family, a treat for fans of The Nest and Fleischmann Is in Trouble. 

It’s 2015 in New York City, and three women all known as Mrs. Tobias—Veronika, the matriarch, her daughter-in-law Mel, and Mel’s daughter-in-law Birdie—are trying to navigate personal difficulties, some of which are with one another. Veronika and Mel, despite having little in common, are both psychotherapists who are more skilled at helping other people than solving their own problems. Birdie, still dealing with the culture shock of moving to New York City and marrying into the Tobias clan, is pushed to her limit when her husband gets into trouble. No amount of badgering from his steely grandmother, smart-mouthed mother, or disillusioned wife can convince him to own up to what he’s done. Overwhelmed, Birdie bolts—along with the couple’s young daughter—to her Midwestern hometown, hoping that space, warmth and wisdom from her own feisty grandmother will help her find a path forward. And though Birdie begins to find comfort in unexpected places—a local bookstore and the arms of her old boyfriend—her absence stirs up long simmering troubles back home forcing the Tobiases to reconsider their relationships to each other, and ultimately, what it means to be a family.

Will the three Tobias-women-by-marriage ever find themselves—and a way back to one another? A timely look at how women hold families together

Review:

I was intrigued at the idea of three generations headed by a headstrong matriarch. Some of the women were born into the family and others married into the family but they are all treated the same. In each family the woman is the stronger half, even if they married into the family and I love this. Reading about strong woman is so fun! With so many characters and family groups, it can be hard to keep everyone straight at the beginning of the book but once you know them, this falls away and you can fully enjoy the book. One part of the book I loved the most was when Birdie goes back to Iowa. I’m from Iowa and related very much to the d├ęcor and fashion Birdie notices coming from New York. Not many books are written in Iowa so its fun to read about places and culture I see every day.

Each chapter is told from a different womans PO, which again goes back to the woman being the stronger half of the family. I also loved the dedication, which is to Sally’s mother and the proverb included at the beginning of the sections, especially the very first one. This book is a delightful read that will keep you entertained and relaxed as you read.

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