My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review**
This was my first time reading Marybeth Mayhew Whalen but I can guarantee it won’t be my last! I was captivated by her writing and did not want to put the book down. The beautiful formatting helped with that—a feast for the eyes.
When We Were Worthy is a tale of tragedy but unlike most other stories of this type, it does not focus on the tragic event or what led up to it. Whalen sets her narrative apart from the pack by focusing on the grief experience by her characters and how they recover from the tragedy. Her exploration of grief within these pages represented her best writing in my opinion and carried the day.
The setting was meticulously drawn—a vivid depiction of small town USA. I enjoyed the many nuances of the town of Worthy and by the end of the book was sad to leave the place behind.
With all that said though, this was a 4 star read for me because on more than one occasion I found the character’s similarities confusing. The multiple POVs used left me going back several times to determine who was speaking and what their place in the story was. This was not helped by how similar many of the characters appeared to be.
Overall though, an excellent read that I highly recommend.