I won this book from a First Reads giveaway!This was the first book of Genova's that I've read, even though I own her first two novels. Love Anthony iI won this book from a First Reads giveaway!This was the first book of Genova's that I've read, even though I own her first two novels. Love Anthony is the story of two women, Beth and Olivia, whose lives become inexplicably interwoven through their individual healing processes as they cope with the tragedies and losses in their lives. Set against the beautiful, seaside backdrop of Nantucket, each woman searches for meaning and purpose as they strive to find equilibrium and even happiness again. Being a wife and a mother, I found that I could identify with the characters of Beth and Olivia. Every time I picked the book back up, I felt like I was visiting with old friends. I empathized with their feelings of doubt, regret, fear, and uncertainty as they worked towards finding themselves and their true purposes in life. This story is also about autism and understanding that a person with autism is a person who has feelings and is capable of love, even if they cannot express it the way "normal" people do. It's also about showing compassion and understanding for families of children with disabilities rather than passing judgment. I really enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading more books by Genova!...more
Home Front is the story of Jolene Zarkades - mom, wife, and helicopter pilot for the United States army. Jolene has faced more than her share of adverHome Front is the story of Jolene Zarkades - mom, wife, and helicopter pilot for the United States army. Jolene has faced more than her share of adversity in her lifetime, coming from a dysfunctional family of alcoholic parents, so she learned from an early age to find strength within herself. As a mother, wife, and soldier, Jolene has put her past behind her in order to create a life of structure and support for herself and her family. Despite her best efforts, her family seems to be falling apart. As she struggles to hold her family together and be a pillar of strength and resolve, she receives the worst possible news - she's being deployed to Iraq. Not only is she leaving at a time when her family needs her the most, she must also deal with the fear of being injured or killed in battle and the possibility of never seeing her family again. This book really hit home for me as a mother and a wife. I deal with mother guilt on a daily basis, but certainly not to the extent of military mothers who often have to leave their families behind to fight for and protect our country. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to leave your loved ones and not know for sure if you will be coming home alive. It is sometimes easier to not think about the fact that the men and women who serve our country are actual people with families, especially when you watch the news and hear about the devastating casualties of war. This story, although fiction, is a reality for hundreds of thousands of people in our country. I have a close friend whose husband has been deployed three times and was recently discharged from the military as a result of the injuries he sustained during his deployments. I have never quite understood how difficult this must have been for her family, but I feel like this book has helped me to understand a little better what they have experienced and endured. My heart truly goes out to all military personnel and their families, and I am beyond grateful for the freedoms their sacrifices have bought for our country....more
The World We Found is the first book I've read from this author, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It is theI won this book from a Firstreads giveaway!
The World We Found is the first book I've read from this author, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It is the story of four college friends who, after having drifted apart over the last thirty years, are reuniting to say goodbye to their friend Armaiti who is dying of cancer. The impending reunion brings back many memories, both nostalgic and painful for each woman and becomes an opportunity for renewal of old friendships and past dreams. This beautifully written novel swept me away to Bombay, India and completely enveloped me in the lives of these four amazing women as I read about their hopes, dreams, past regrets, and new beginnings. I will definitely read more books by Umrigar after reading and enjoying this one....more
Beautiful story... I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was right there in Scotland, feeling the spray of the sea mist on my skin, and hearing the waBeautiful story... I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was right there in Scotland, feeling the spray of the sea mist on my skin, and hearing the waves crashing on the shore next to the castle. The setting reminded me so much of Outlander, and the love stories between Sophia and Moray, and Carrie and Graham had me yearning for more. ...more
This book is set in the 1920's, during the peak of the Spiritualism movement. It is upon this backdrop that Harvard graduate, Martin Finch, gets the uThis book is set in the 1920's, during the peak of the Spiritualism movement. It is upon this backdrop that Harvard graduate, Martin Finch, gets the unexpected opportunity to assist in the Scientific American investigation into the psychic powers of self-proclaimed mediums and Spiritulists. At first he rises to the challenge and exposes several fraudulent "psychics" using logic and scientific reasoning. However, the investigation into the paranormal powers of "society psychic" Mina Crawley presents a far greater challenge, especially when he develops feelings for her that threaten to cloud his judgement. I could not put this book down! Finch's determination to disprove psychic ability took the story in some interesting directions, and I admit that I'm not exactly sure what really happened in the end, but I like that there is still some mystery surrounding the story and its characters. Great book!...more