Powerful and heart-wrenching tale from the pages of history.
From the opening prelude, I was hooked on Lisa Wingate’s newest novel. I’m a longtime fanPowerful and heart-wrenching tale from the pages of history.
From the opening prelude, I was hooked on Lisa Wingate’s newest novel. I’m a longtime fan of her sumptuous writing and can honestly say that each book seems better than the last. Knowing Before We Were Yours was based on a real life tragedy that spanned decades made an even greater impact on me as a mom imagining the plight of the Foss children and scores of others. My heart wrenched when they were spirited off to the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, torn from their humble, but loving life on a riverboat shanty. I held my breath as the story unfolded and revealed the gritty existence of life in the orphanage and the unholy power that one woman had to sever the bonds of siblings and families. Lisa brings the story full circle to a redemptive present-day tale, but the journey is one that brought me to tears and gives new appreciation for the powerful ties of family. Easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. Five stars! ...more
Once again, I was drawn into the WWII era with this lovely and well-written book, the second in the Waves of Freedom series. I loved the details aboutOnce again, I was drawn into the WWII era with this lovely and well-written book, the second in the Waves of Freedom series. I loved the details about Boston (having made a recent trip there) and enjoyed learning about the Navy shipyard prior to and at the beginning of WWII. One of my favorite parts was the realization that one of Lillian Avery’s duties as a pharmacist was to mix ointments manually, something that we take for granted today. I enjoyed how Sarah tackled the task of making Lillian an amputee and the development of the story from that angle. Arch Vandenberg was the perfect hero – dashing and flawed, but with a tender heart. All in all, it was a great love story with enough angst and drama to satisfy the romantic in all of us. Great job, Sarah! ...more
I have a fascination for the Depression era—the hard scrabble life and the perseverance of those who lived in that era—so my friend Karen Halvorsen ScI have a fascination for the Depression era—the hard scrabble life and the perseverance of those who lived in that era—so my friend Karen Halvorsen Schreck’s new novel, BROKEN GROUND, was of immediate interest to me. An added bonus was that the beginning of the book is set in Oklahoma and Texas, both states I’ve called home.
I was immediately drawn in to the warmth of Ruth Warren’s character and the sting of being widowed while still a newlywed. Aided by a friend, she is able to attend college in California on a scholarship. There a different tragedy awaits her, and she has to leave school, but while still considering her options, she meets Thomas Everly, the son of a family friend. Curious about his work with children in a migrant camp and needing time to heal from her own wounded life, she visits and is drawn into the plight of the Mexican workers there who are being deported.
While the plot of the story centers around the Mexican Repatriation—an event in history that is not well known—the characters are what bring resonance and life to this lovely, lyrically-penned novel. Friendships matter. People matter. Love can grow out of shared passion.
Karen’s ability to write about gritty subjects with grace is a rare talent. BROKEN GROUND is a beautifully written book that will stay with you long after the last page. Highly recommended for those who love historical fiction and strong stories of love and friendship.
I received this book from the publisher for my honest review.
~ Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Stardust and A Flying Affair ...more
I was privileged to read this story from the first snippets through the final draft. From the beginning, I was mesmerized by the concept, and being aI was privileged to read this story from the first snippets through the final draft. From the beginning, I was mesmerized by the concept, and being a lover of all things nostalgic, Camille – who usually writes contemporary – astounded me with her talent for reaching back into the pages of time and delivering a story that not only resonates, but is packed with wonderful romantic tension, just like the old films I love to catch on Netflix. Here’s my short endorsement, which doesn’t do this story justice at all. “Film noir and gripping romantic tension leap from the pages of The Memoir of Johnny Devine like a perfectly choreographed dance. Camille Eide’s writing is poignant and lovely from the first page to the last.”