Book Review

HOUSEBREAKING by Colleen Hubbard

I received a gifted galley of HOUSEBREAKING by Colleen Hubbard for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!

Publication Date: 4/19/2022

Rating: 4 / 5

HOUSEBREAKING follows Del, a young woman without a lot going for her. Her parents divorced and she never really had the opportunity to know her mother. Her father passed away more recently and she’s been living at loose ends with little ability to stick to a job or make much of her life. When she loses her latest job and finds out that the man who took her in after her father’s death is ready for her to move out, she returns to the home her parents left behind.

Her family wants to develop the land where the house she has inherited stands, but Del isn’t going to make it easy on the family who turned their backs on her and her parents. She renegotiates the terms, leaving herself with a short period of time to break down the house herself and move it off of the land her family owns.

I really didn’t know what to expect going into this book and I was not initially very impressed with Del. She starts off the book losing her job and hiding it from the man who was kind enough to take her in. As the book went on, I really did grow to care about Del and want to hear more of her story. I just needed to keep reading to find out more about her history and her family’s past.

Del thinks she is on her own with this project, but she begins to find like minded people in sometimes unexpected places and this seemingly impossible task becomes slightly less unlikely to be finished. All of this gives Del the time and the resources to reconnect with the parents she didn’t know as well as she wanted and the people still present in her life.

Trigger warnings for homophobia and slurs. I think the author did a good job of building the small town setting and the often backwards thinking family’s perspective, but it wasn’t always easy to read.

This was a fantastic debut and I will be looking for more from Colleen Hubbard in the future! HOUSEBREAKING is out today!

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