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A Winter 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection.

The last thing eighteen-year-old Wilhelmina “Willa” MacCarthy wants is to be a nun. It’s 1936, and as the only daughter amongst four sons, her Irish–Catholic family is counting on her to take her vows—but Willa’s found another calling. Each day she sneaks away to help Doctor Katherine Winston in her medical clinic in San
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Paperback, 360 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Flux
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
DEFINITELY NOT MY LAST BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR

This was one of those books that I didn't really have any expectations for before starting it. But I am so happy that I did because this was a treat! A strong, character driven historical fiction novel with a grand historical backdrop! This was my first Trueblood novel but it will not be my last.

THE THINGS I LIKED

Historical setting: I don't usually read historical novels set in the USA (I am a eurocentric European, sadly) so it was really nice to get
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
This historical fiction novel is one to cozy up with. It envelops the reader with warmth and home feels in a slow and savory way. Set in 1936 San Francisco, it tells the story of an 18-year-old young lady that wishes nothing more than to become a physician and do well in her community. At a time when few women are practicing medicine, it is an inconceivable notion by outside forces.

Wilhelmina “Willa” MacCarthy lives with her brothers and parents above the bar that her family runs. The
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Erin
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Flux for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.


1930's San Francisco: Willa McCarthy is the youngest of five children and the only girl in a loving Irish-American family. Although Willa loves to pour over medical textbooks, it is the convent that she is bound for in less than six months. A long ago promise that she made to her parents. But when one of her brothers needs medical attention, a chance meeting with a female physician will have Willa wondering " do
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Karren  Sandercock
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley, North Star Editions and Amy Trueblood for my copy of her new book: A Cross A Broken Shore.

America is struggling during the great depression, in San Francisco the Golden Gate Bridge is being built, every morning men line up hoping to be given a job and be able to earn enough money to feed their families.
Willa MacCarthy family owns a Irish pub, she has four older brothers, Paddy, Nick, Sean and Michael.
The pub only provides enough work for her dad, her brother Paddy and her
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Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Across a Broken Shore by Amy Trueblood is one of the best YA historical fiction novels I've had the opportunity to read this year. I was absolutely thrilled to have been approved for this on NetGalley since her debut novel was one of the best reads of last year. I think Ms. Trueblood is quickly becoming one of favorites. I loved following Willa as as she tries to navigate her family obligations while she also she begins to make
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Jennifer
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Across a Broken Shoreby Amy Trueblood

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Publication Date: November 5, 2019

The last thing eighteen-year-old Wilhelmina “Willa” MacCarthy wants is to be a nun. It’s 1936, and as the only daughter amongst four sons, her Irish–Catholic family is counting on her to take her vows—but Willa’s found another calling. Each day she sneaks away to help Doctor Katherine Winston in her medical clinic in San Francisco’s Richmond District.

Keeping secrets from her family only becomes more
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Bethany
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Across a Broken Shore is a YA historical fiction set in 1930's San Francisco. Against the backdrop of construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, we follow an Irish Catholic young woman whose parents want her to become a nun while she dreams of becoming a physician. When her brother injures his hand, she meets the new female doctor who offers her a job as her assistant. Willa accepts, but must hide what she is doing from her family.

This explores the complicated nature of family expectations and
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Martina Primerano
*Thank you to NetGalley and Flux for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I’m so glad I requested this book from NetGalley and had the chance to read an early copy!
I loved it, such a fast-paced and engrossing story with relatable characters I deeply cared about, heartwarming family dynamics and the sweetest kind of romance.
It developed important themes such as questions of faith, loyalty, responsibility -both towards the others and ourselves-
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Amy
Feb 12, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
9/2019

Hello all! Just a "heads up" that there is a preorder campaign going on right now for AABS! If you preorder, or make a library request, AABS swag will be sent your way!

More details go here: https://amytruebloodauthor.com/fall-f...



3/12/19

Update:

Across a Broken Shore is now available for request on NetGalley!!


2/12/19

I’m very excited to share Willa and her beloved San Francisco with the world on November 5th!

A few notes about ACROSS A BROKEN SHORE

- Setting: 1936 San Francisco
- Medicine plays
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Meagan Dallner
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**Thank you to NetGalley and Flux for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Willa's story is set in 1930's San Francisco during the building of the golden gate bridge. The cast of characters was absolutely wonderful. Willa, being the only girl in her family (besides Mam) with a bunch of over protective brothers, has made promises to her family. Unfortunately, promises made when you are 12 years old in the midst of grief are hard to hold as our
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Alyssa
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced reader's copy of Across a Broken Shore by Amy Trueblood in exchange for an honest review.

Across a Broken Shore was a very special book. It's a coming of age story set in the heart of San Francisco during the Great Depression. It follows the story of Wilhelmina, the only daughter in her Irish-Catholic family. Her family wants her to become a nun, but Willa's heart is somewhere else. She wants to become a doctor. Sneaking away to help Doctor Katherine Winston
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Doris Vandruff
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wilhelmina has a burning desire within her to become a doctor. She reads and studies Greys Anatomy fervently, absorbing all she learns. She knows that it is just a dream. For many generations the woman of the MacCarthy family have become nuns at the Catholic convent. She knows that to choose anything else would devastate her parents. Of course there is that solemn promise she made when she was twelve. The day she accidentally pushed her mom. Her mom was eight months pregnant with her sister. The ...more
Jennifer
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in the Great Depression in San Francisco, Willa McCarthy grows up watching the building of the golden gate bridge in the shadow of her four older brothers and a tragic family secret. Living with a strict Irish Catholic she is the ever dutiful and obedient daughter who will promise her life to the church to fulfill a family tradition. That is until she stumbles upon another caree path that leaves her questioning her beliefs, values and own desires. Will Willa risk losing her family and ...more
Carolyn Stumpf
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! Trueblood wrote beautifully about a young woman struggling to make a difficult life decision: follow her heart and her passion or do what is expected of her by her parents. Willa, is such an interesting main character. She’s strong, open-minded, intelligent, and loyal even when she lacks self-confidence, she’s always working towards bettering herself.
Willa longs to work in the medical field, but in the 1930s, women do not make up a large percentage of doctors in the field.
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Laura
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Very few things are perfect but this book? It might just be. This book was so incredibly special. The research and love that Amy clearly poured into this book is obvious. It is unmeasurable how wonderful this book was. I was completely swept up by the events of this story. Everything was so vivid. I feel like this book called on all five senses in the most extreme ways. I could see the bridge taking shape, I could hear the hollers of the workers, I
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Anichols407
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everything about this story made my heart happy. It showcases a strong female character who we see grow as the story continues. She is one of the most real characters I have read in a while. She has moments of great confidence and others of grave mistakes. The whole time I found myself rooting for her. Many people struggle when their desire for their own future differs from the people who love you and it all blended naturally in this story.

I greatly enjoyed the story as well. It was a
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Dorothy Schwab
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s 1936 and Willa MacCarthy is certain she has no options. She’s known since she was 12 that she would become a postulate at the Convent of the Sisters of the Sacred Spirit and take her vows. The only girl in this Irish Catholic family, her Mam & Da and four protective brothers expect her to become a nun.
San Francisco is coming back to life as the building of the Golden Gate Bridge is bringing the citizens hope with so many construction jobs. Even though dangerous, the lure of steady
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Rachel
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Across a Broken Shore by Amy Trueblood is a wonderful novel written in the voice of a young 18 year old woman named Willa (Wilhelmina) MacCarthy.
Here is a historical nonfiction book set in San Francisco in the 1930s during the time of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is also a coming of age novel where Willa trying to find her future and calling and the struggle between what she “should do” based on what her parents want for her, and what her heart calls out for her to do.

The
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Lindsey Eom
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Across a Broken Shore by Amy Trueblood is a coming of sage story set in San Francisco during the Great Depression. Willa, a strong-minded girl who bores guilt for past mistakes has turned 18 and will soon become a nun because it’s family tradition. Then she meets Doctor Winston, a female doctor who has recently moved and taken over the town practice. Many shun this doctor because of her gender, but Willa admires her and decides to apprentice with her. After taking care of many patients and ...more
Adrian
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Arc received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

In this story we follow Willa who comes from and Irish Catholic family and has already been promised to the church to become a Nun. However, Willa had discovered a love of medicine. She is given the opportunity to practice medicine when her brother severally cuts his fingers and requires stitches. The doctor they take him to end up being Dr. Katherine Winston, a female doctor, who offers Willa an apprenticeship. She agrees and hides
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Rose
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what to say. This book was beautiful and awe-inspiring. With the main theme of reaching for your dreams and the expectations of others, this book will resonate with many.
The characters! They were amazing and developed extremely well. Their emotions come across on the page and so do their hopes and dreams.
I normally don't mention plot as much, but this one was very interesting. Across a Broken Shore is set during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Another major part of the
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Megan
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1930s San Francisco comes alive in Amy Trueblood’s historical YA, ACROSS A BROKEN SHORE. I was lucky enough to read an early version of this book and in addition to the main plot revolving around Willa and her desire to become a doctor in a male-dominated field, I felt like I learned so much about this time period and the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in particular.

Willa’s story is all about following her passion, and what that could cost her. I loved Willa’s tenacity, her ensemble of
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The Nerd Daily
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Teralyn Mitchell

When I read the synopsis of Across a Broken Shore, I knew it was the kind of book I would enjoy and I was happy to accept it. I was not disappointed at all. This book was filled with so much depth, feelings, and heavy subjects that I was not expecting. This book gave me all the feels and I connected with Willa from the first pages. It was unfortunate how her parents and older brothers—except Paddy—dictated her life and how she
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Sarah (Cover to Cover Reviews)
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Across a Broken Shore" releases to the general public November 5th, 2019.

SUMMARY

The last thing eighteen-year-old Wilhelmina “Willa” MacCarthy wants is to be a nun. It’s 1936, and as the only daughter amongst four sons, her Irish–Catholic family is counting on her to take her vows—but Willa’s found another calling. Each day she sneaks away to help Doctor Katherine Winston in her medical clinic in San Francisco’s Richmond
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Elise
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for providing this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
Across a Broken Shore by Amy Trueblood was heartbreakingly, beautiful.
“The last thing eighteen-year-old Wilhelmina “Willa” MacCarthy wants is to be a nun. It’s 1936, and as the only daughter amongst four sons, her Irish–Catholic family is counting on her to take her vows—but Willa’s found another calling. Each day she sneaks away to help Doctor Katherine Winston in her medical clinic in San Francisco’s Richmond
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Kate Larkindale
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book about a young woman defying her family's expectations and pursuing a career in medicine instead of going to the convent to become a nun. Willa is a feisty heroine and the Depression-era setting is an interesting one, even if the desperation of that time doesn't always cut through. The building of the Golden Gate Bridge and the dangers the men faced on it are well researched and described, as is the prejudice women doctors experienced.

At times I felt Willa's thoughts
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Gregandemy
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to the publisher and author for providing me with a digital ARC of this title via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I am not familiar with this author and couldn't remember even what it was about when I started reading it. My attention was caught by the cover and the synopsis was interesting enough to request this title, but I forgot about it until given a copy. I am glad I had the chance to read it. I was immediately drawn into the story from the very first page. I found the
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Brenda Love
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Across a Broken Shore is a wonderful historical fiction novel set in San Francisco in 1936. The building of the Golden Gate Bridge is a key event in this book. The main character Wilhelmina “Willa” MacCarthy loves all things medicine, however due to family obligations she is destined to become a nun. Over the course of the book, we watch Willa struggle with her choice to be a nun and her strong desire to learn about medicine. The book does feel repetitive at time due to this struggle.
I enjoyed
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Maddielucy
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“Across A Broken Shore” is historical fiction set in San Francisco during the early 1930’s during construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. You will meet Willa, who’s torn between a guilty promise made to he family and her true desires for a fulfilling life. Willa is set to enter the convent and realized her parents’ dreams, but she longs for a different future. In a chance encounter she meets Dr. Katherine Winston, who opens her eyes and her heart to the possibility of a career in medicine. This
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Kathy
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Willa MacCarthy fights an internal battle between her family’s expectation that she becomes a nun and her interest in becoming a doctor. The setting is 1936 in San Francisco during the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. Willa meets a woman doctor, Katherine Winston and starts working for her in secret from her family. She finds herself helping Dr. Winston at the clinic that handles accidents during the building of the bridge. She meets Sam Butler, an iron worker on the bridge and he assists her ...more
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Amy Trueblood grew up in California only ten minutes from Disneyland which sparked an early interest in storytelling. As the youngest of five, she spent most of her time trying to find a quiet place to curl up with her favorite books. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism, she worked in entertainment in Los Angeles before returning to work in Arizona.

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