Joe Arneson’s ordinary life is upended by troubling dreams of himself as a different man in another place and time. It isn’t until he visits his estranged grandmother, Pearl, in her Wisconsin hometown that a startling connection emerges.
Drawn into ...more
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The novel is told in a dual storyline, the past is the life Pearl lived when she was young, the second oldest of seven daughters to a newly widowed ...more
1916 Pearl is the second of seven sisters. When a young student comes to work for her father Pearl is jealous that he prefers her older sister Alice.
1983 Joe is in hospital because he suffers terrible nightmares. His grandmother Pearl who he has never met comes to collect him to help her empty her family's home so she can sell it.
After he arrives in Pearl's home and he learns more about his family's history Joe's nightmares begin to resemble things that happened in ...more
Every time I said, "Not just yet."
And then one day, I knew the time was right ...more
Dovetail is an intriguing novel that deals with family secrets, love, and death. There is a dash of magical realism, a sprinkle of suspense, a feisty little old lady, and parallel timelines that keep you wanting to turn the page.
In 1983, Joe Arneson finds himself in an inpatient mental institution because he is having realistic dreams that can't be explained. His family and the ...more
The characters in the book are people that any of us could know and could relate to. They have ...more
Dovetail has by far become one of my favorite books that I look forward to rereading and I seldomly reread a book that I've already read. I don't even know where to start because I don't want to give any of the story away.
The main characters of the book have ties with the characters in the past and they all slowly intertwine. It was an easy read that was such a pleasure to read. You get drawn into ...more
1983: Joe suffers from debilitating nightmares and his parents commit him to a psych ward. 1916: Pearl (Joe's grandma) is jealous over her sister's new beau and feels responsible for her untimely death.
Rating duo timeline stories are hard for me because I usually prefer the older timeline and feel that I can't give the whole story proper attention. The story is clean and appropriate for younger teens.
I love a dual time line. Here: 1916 and 1983. And a good story.
Off to a promising start, I was roped in. But near the end I threw my hands up. I wanted to finish to see how it turned out [though I had accurately determined the trajectory]; I'd had enough [too neat and tidy].
Pearl is the continuum. A young woman in 1916; dying of cancer in 1983. She connects with Joe ...more
Joe Arneson has very strange and tormenting dreams, that have ...more
There were many things I enjoyed about this book, but it was the character development that really heightened this story. Especially one of the sub-characters. Ricky's character surprised me. Meet-cute or clean romances are fun to read, but when Karen introduced Ricky's character and added that level of suspense I was even more hooked into discovering how everything would play out.
And Joe and Kathleen.
This story goes from the year 19 16 - to 1983 back and forth in time to the Future but Alice taking care of her family after her mother dies her younger sisters and her father. A young man named John comes to help out on the farm Alice not knowing they would soon fall in love this young man has a background that back ...more
A Novel of Love Everlasting
Author : Karen McQuestion
From the bestselling author of Hello Love comes a spellbinding new novel of enduring love, family secrets, and mysterious death. Joe Arneson’s ordinary life is upended by troubling dreams of himself as a different man in another place and time. It isn’t until he visits his estranged grandmother, Pearl, in her Wisconsin hometown that a startling connection emerges. Drawn into his family’s past, Joe discovers secrets ...more
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The two timelines kept me turning the pages all through the night.
This author has become one of my all time favorites.
Thank you to Netgalley, and the publisher for my advanced reading copy in exchange for my honest review
Thank you to the author and publisher for the advance reader copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Premise/plot: Joe Arneson, our hero, is a reluctant patient at Trendale Psychiatric Treatment Center. He’s been having vivid nightmares, recurring nightmares, four of them. Doctors are stumped. His family is stumped. Joe feels that since the doctors are clueless and therapy clearly isn’t working, he should be able to ...more
Dual point-of-views is nothing new to Karen's books, and she's got the ...more
In 1983, Joe meets Pearl when she rescues him from an in-patient treatment facility. While working for Pearl, Joe meets Kathleen a local shop owner. From the start the two have an instant, yet unexplainable sense of knowing the other. In 1916 we meet Alice, who as the oldest of seven girls, gracefully manages all the responsibilities of maintaining ...more
Pearl is the second oldest of seven daughters living with their father and has recently lost their mother because of influenza. the oldest sister, Alice, is the one keeping the household together, always moving from the garden to the kitchen ...more
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