“When aging Holicaust survivor Helen dies, her eccentric daughter and three grown grandchildren are thrown together to solve the mystery of a brooch, who’s true value was kept secret from them. The author delves into the lives of each member of the broken family as they struggle with their own personal crises as well as undertaking a journey into Helen’s past. Who was Helen’s mother? Why was Helen chosen to go to America from Nazi Germany with a group of 49 other rescued Jewish children? Who was her daughter’s father? Is the large yellow stone in the brooch the missing Florentine diamond worth millions? How did Helen end up with the diamond? Who are these scary men following the family? The path to the ending of this book is a winding and bumpy one, fraught with heartache, jealousy, and deceit but it is also a testament to human survival and to the ultimate bonds of family and is well worth the ride.”Becky, Rediscovered Books
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“A page-turning family saga, this book will entertain readers of all generations.” —Good Morning America
“Compassionate, thoughtful, and surprisingly moving… [The Imperfects] will satisfy fans of Maggie Shipstead and Celeste Ng.” —Booklist
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.