Life in a Box – JoDee Neathery – Book Review

by JoDee Neathery
Genres: Family Saga, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Format: Kindle, Paperback

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How much would you sacrifice to hide a secret? The answer reveals itself as Andee Camp, after inheriting a box of old photographs and journals, accepts a challenge from her mother to write a novel based on their family. What evolves is not only the fulfillment of a dream, but the reality of her relationship with her parents and theirs with each other.

As Andee writes the stories of two sets of twins born on the same day seventeen hundred miles apart, the mysteries defining the Smith and Brown families become more poignant as the pieces in the complicated puzzle begin to fit together.

The very fabric of long-held truths unravel in a tapestry woven with love and betrayal, joy and tragedy, humor and melancholy. As a reader, if given the opportunity, would you like to examine your own life in a box?

Life in a Box is a roller coaster ride until the very end providing a blend of mystery and history as the colorful and memorable characters come alive on the pages. It is like leaping off the diving board and seeing the sky from the bottom of the pool. When the author breaks through the ripples, readers understand the depth of the layered story…a literary gem.


Life in a Box by JoDee Neathery is an expressive and dramatic work of literature that readers will revel in. In it, we have the Smiths and the Browns, families that become intertwined in this realistic novel. This is an unusual book that is written with a unique voice that reverberates on every page. Andee Camp is encouraged by her mother to write a novel based on their family. Soon, Andee discovers secrets, mysteries, sorrows, loves and triumphs regarding her family’s history.

From the very first chapter, I was drawn into the mystery and storyline of this well written book. It is filled with twists and turns and clues in very chapter. But, still I was surprised and satisfied at the astounding conclusion. The pieces of the complicated puzzle all come together beautifully and completely at the end.

JoDee Neathery has composed a story that contains many layers that is easy to follow along with and understand.  It is a historical account of two complex families that are vitally connected – spanning generations. The historical facts and aspects are well researched and very informative. It’s an original family saga piece that is filled with suspense, intrigue and drama.

The characters in Life in a Box are complex and fully developed. I was surprised at how many characters there actually were, but author JoDee Neathery does an exemplary job at defining each one with interesting personalities and each are vital to the storyline and plot. There were some very colorful characters that I loved, and then some that weren’t so loveable, making for a great novel altogether.

In Life in a Box, the descriptive writing is truly remarkable with vivid scenes, sensual food and fascinating people. JoDee Neathery has a way with words that draws the reader in and won’t let go. Her descriptions are paramount and had me on the scene watching on as the story unfolded. Readers should expect a wild ride of mystery and suspense, coupled with characters that leap off the page. I couldn’t put Life in a Box down. It had me hooked from the very beginning and Artisan Books highly recommends it to all historical fiction lovers that like a large amount of mystery, suspense and intrigue in their reads.

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