Monday, June 29, 2020

Review/Giveaway: The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson

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.

Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 5th 2020
by Park Row
4/5 stars

The Millers are a dysfunctional family who reunite at a grave site - no spoiler here, aside from the blurb what else brings a group of estranged family members together? Each with their own personal issues both inside and outside of the family circle, but together... let’s just say I’m was looking forward to seeing how this was going to play out. What happened to make everyone at odds with each other?

It was a slow start to this story but it was also time to get to know everyone.  The story is weaved with memories making it easy to get inside everyone's head and know what the issues are/were.  The author did a great job of weaving making this a well written book with characters that are flawed and at times not really likeable.

The historical aspect of the Florentine Diamond had me googling, seeing pictures and learning more about it.  I would have loved that time period to have taken up more pages - that's the history nerd in me talking.  But I loved the back story and how Helen acquired it.

The Imperfects is a book of secrets - everyone had secrets, family dynamics - such a wide range of personalities, and history - to know what really happened to the diamond would be so cool.

Amy Meyerson is a new author for me, this is her 2nd book, The Book Shop of Yesterdays being her debut (on my TBR pile).

I have an extra copy of this book, if you pop on over to my Instagram account you can enter to win. Sorry but due to postage rates I can only ship to a Canadian address.


  1. This book sounds captivating and memorable. I don't use anything but e-mail and would love this giveaway. Thanks for your great features and reviews. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Sounds like a great detective story. I have never heard of the Florentine Diamond. I am very curious about it, because my grandparents were both born in Galicia, a part of the Austrian Empire. I am going to google it. I am on Instagram, but don't know how to post or share on it.

  3. Wow, a very unusual shape and shade of yellow. I wonder what my great-aunt's late husband would have thought of it. He was a diamond cutter in Holland before WWII.