The book opens on Mother's Day with Sarah awakening to an alarm that didn't need to be set, way too early for any Sunday let alone Mother's Day. In what is a common thought for many mothers she finds herself thinking, on more than one occasion throughout the day, that this is supposed to be her day. She hosts a Mother's Day lunch at her place for her mother and siblings trying to walk the fine line between having a mother's day for herself and celebrating her mother. I really loved this book and the themes it raised though I have to say that I really didn't like most of the characters at one point or another. Fiona Lowe started her writing career with romance novels but in the last couple of years has spread her typing fingers and expanded into family sagas, and this one certainly is a saga. There is drama, betrayal, secrets, lies and despicable behaviour. It's one thing to have a family pull out the swords and fight like carrion over a will after a death in the family when emotions are already high and grief is in the mix. I think it's a completely different thing for the backstabbing and sneaking around to try and find out, then change, the terms of a will before the family member is even on their deathbed, it is completely reprehensible. Family should be about so much more than what you're going to get when your loved ones pass away. I know this sort of thing happens, and it happens a lot, but it doesn't make it any easier for me to fathom. I really enjoyed following the family through fracture and drama to watch them come through the other side. Inheritance isn't the only issue facing the Jamieson's, there's abuse, infidelity, divorce, building new business, out of character teenage behaviour, betrayal, lies and shady business dealings. And that's before they start uncovering the secrets that were buried in the past. Birthright was a story that definitely captured my attention and kept me enthralled, even when I couldn't find much to like about the characters.