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Joy in the Morning by Betty  Smith
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Jul 29, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, historical, library, romance, adult, realistic

I read this years ago and enjoyed it, but picked it up again after a friend commented that she always read it as a sequel, of sorts, to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I can see the comparisons (and it helps that both books are semi-autobiographical), but I don't see enough similarities to say we're following Francie--or even her little sister Annie.

Still, you can't help but root for the Annie and Carl of this book, despite their hardships and flaws. Somehow they make it all work despite who they both are, because their love for each other makes them accepting of those flaws. I do hope it works out for them, and for their new baby. They have a hard life, but they have each other, and things will likely get easier now that Carl's finished law school. One can hope that for them, anyway.

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