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Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams
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Mar 23, 12

Read in April, 2011

This book has wide appeal because it speaks to our hopes, fears, insecurities, courage, and most of all, love for family. Mystery, sibling rivalry, growing up, death, moving, making friends, and adventure are dealt with poignantly. The author's writing is clear, precise and powerful-no extra words. We read this for a book group with 2 boys, 4 women in their 20s-30s, a woman in her 60s and 2 women in their 70s-80s. Every one of us were powerfully touched. My husband and teenage sister also enjoyed it. I wish that it were required reading for 5th-8th graders because it brings to life history. After reading this I found out that I wouldn't be here except that my great grandmother's sister died of influenza in the same neighborhood as this story. My great-grandmother then married her sister's huband and their daughter was my father's mother.
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