In case you didn’t know, I’ve reviewed Jamie McGuire’s “Maddox Brothers Series” over the last few years. You can check those out here. Well, I’m finally back with a review of McGuire’s latest book in the series, “A Beautiful Funeral.” As you can imagine from the title of the book, I procrastinated on reading this one. I wasn’t quite ready to have my heart shattered, and the title alone guaranteed that would happen. But I finally found the time and was ready for the heartbreak… in theory. In reality, I wasn’t prepared at all.
“A Beautiful Funeral” follows the entire Maddox family, each chapter changing perspective. The Maddox brothers and their wives are nearly thirty now, and they’re all facing their own obstacles. From a broken marriage and infertility to children and dangerous careers. Even with their own stressful lives, though, they all remain close. However, a secret that puts the entire family in danger gets revealed, and their bond gets tested. The family must try to put their disappointments aside and stick together because they need each other for more than just survival. If there’s one thing that rings true about the Maddox family, it’s that they all have at least one thing in common: they’ll stop at nothing to protect each other.
*Spoiler Warning: Review Contains Possible Spoilers*
“Lying was the hardest habit to break, especially when we believed we were protecting those we loved.” – A Beautiful Funeral
“Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas’s oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target.
The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes are at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice: let the fear tear the apart, or make them stronger.” – Jamie McGuire
“I wondered what new heartbreak the next day would bring and how much more our family could take.” – A Beautiful Funeral
I’m not sure what I was expecting plot wise, but what I read wasn’t it. That’s not to say it wasn’t good because it’s a great book. Granted, I still love “A Beautiful Disaster” and “A Walking Disaster” the most. I loved getting the different points of views from each main character. However, since there are so many characters, it made it hard to keep up with at some points. I understand, though, how each perspective really helps the readers feel the characters’ frustration and heartache with each situation. I’ve noticed that is one of McGuire’s specialties in these books.
McGuire had me just stressed enough with each chapter to where I didn’t want to put the book down. “A Beautiful Funeral” had just the right amount of drama, heartache, love, laughter and family feels. While I was expecting to full on ugly cry throughout the whole book, that didn’t happen. Tears brimmed my eyes a couple of times in a few chapters, but it wasn’t until the final few chapters that the tears couldn’t be stopped. So, grab your tissues, y’all.
You can find where to buy Jamie McGuire’s books, including the Maddox series, on her website.