All We Ever Wanted by: Emily Griffin book review


Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenage girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.


First off, I love Emily Griffin since I read her Something Borrowed series. (yes, that movie but please remember the book is always better) Emily Griffin lives up to her reputation of being an amazing writer with this new novel.

In All We Wanted, Emily brings us a new novel that focuses on family and how outward appearances are different than what we see behind closed doors. We get a look at how family is the center of all things and how it can drive each person differently. We get a good inward look at the fact that sometimes teenagers really don’t want to disappoint their families and how they can keep secrets to themselves and keep it all bottled up so to speak.

We see marriage and how it can change us through the years, i.e. financial struggles vs not and how when bad things happen in a family such as a crisis it effects each person differently.

This story shows us how in the real world things do shape and change us. That sometimes even though we don’t want to admit it, race, class, and privilege does tend to play a part in peoples lives. It is ugly and wrong but true.

This book gets told in alternating points of view. it really helps us see inside the heads of each person and their differences and what drives them. The writing was fantastic and had me hooked from page one! Now, i’m just an even bigger fan of Emily Griffin!!

5/5 stars

***I received an e-arc of this book from NetGalley via the publisher in exchange for my honest review***
Shelved: W omens Fiction, Romance, Family
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Ballantine Books

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