A Novel

Fiction - Womens
323 Pages
Reviewed on 02/28/2017
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Author Biography

Jeanne Blasberg is the award-winning, bestselling author of Eden and The Nine. Her debut novel, Eden (She Writes Press 2017), is the winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women’s Fiction and finalist for both the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. The Nine was released in August 2019 by She Writes Press, and is the Gold Winner of the 2019 Foreward Indies Award for Thriller & Suspense and the winner of the Beverly Hills Books Awards for Literary Fiction and Regional Fiction.

After graduating from Smith College, Jeanne embarked on a career in finance. Even as she worked primarily with numbers, she always had an interest in writing. She made stops on Wall Street, Macy’s, and wrote case studies at Harvard Business School before turning seriously to fiction. She has kept a journal throughout her life, eventually taking inspiration from her childhood writings to pen her first novel, Eden.

Jeanne is the founder of the Westerly Memoir Project and a board member of the Boston Book Festival. She is a student and board member of Grub Street, one of the country’s pre-eminent creative writing centers, where is currently developing her third novel.

Jeanne and her husband split their time between Boston, MA and Westerly, RI. They have three grown children and love to travel, hike, ski, and spend time on the water.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Eden: A Novel is a family saga. It is a story that spans the years from 1915 until the present day. Eden is about a family that, like so many real life families, is dysfunctional, loving, and faces many ups, downs , happy times, sad times and scary times. Eden is the summer home in Rhode Island that will see not only all of the family secrets from one generation to the next, but always the underlying love of family for each other.

The story of Eden begins in Long Harbor, Rhode Island during the summer of 2000. We are taken back to the beginning in 1915 when Bunny and Sadie first meet, fall in love, marry, build Eden and share their life story of family, disasters, happiness, and success. Eden has a fantastic ocean view and a lovely interior. We, the readers, learn the secrets, live through the hard times and the good with Bunny, Sadie, their children and their grandchildren. Each generation is forced to face the world and the events going on around them.

I was drawn in immediately and could feel myself being transported to Eden; feeling the sand between my toes and the love, hate, happy times and scary times right along with all of the family. If you enjoy reading family sagas that cover real history and life, this is a must-read for you. Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg has written her first novel with compassion, caring, love and understanding. I can hardly wait for her next book.