Motivated By Love
The novel follows recently divorced Jen, her two boys Clay and Bugs and her mother Joella. Jen inherits Fairlawn, a funeral home in Florida, from her great uncle Ned. The four travel to look at their inheritance, planning to sell it and return to Virginia. The novel is mainly written in the first person from the point of view of Jen. It also has passages in the third person from the viewpoint of Joella.
There are a great many themes in the novel including that of family. Jen’s family unit was ripped apart by her husband’s infidelity. Her mother is always there for her. And Jen is there for her boys. Both women aim for stability for the boys. Everything they do is motivated by love.