I have been meaning to post the review of the following books for awhile now and life has just been busy the past month. I have recently become a member of NetGalley, a website where you can request books in exchange for an honest review. I love reading books and I’m glad I was able to find a place where I can get books to review here at SimplyMaude.
Love, Alice by Barbara Davis is a book which blends the present day with the past in both a heartaching and heartwarming manner. It begins with a young woman who visits on a daily basis the grave of her fiancé who committed suicide just weeks before their wedding with no warning. One day when she was sitting there she notices a lady leaving a letter at a nearby grave and decides to pick it up and read it. What happens after that leads to a quest for answers that unearths family secrets from years past…secrets that still have repercussions to present day. The author does such a great job in intertwining stories from the present and the past and melding the two in a seamless manner. The author also deals with the history of the Magdalene laundries/asylums where young unwed girls were sent to wait/work out their pregnancies. I had never heard of these and it was definitely a learning experience while reading this book. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be putting it on my to-be-read-again-soon list!!! I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for this review.
My Sister’s Secret by Tracy Buchanan is about Willow who was raised by her aunt after her parents were tragically killed in a car accident. When she receives an invitation to a photo art exhibit out of the blue, secrets from her mother’s life begin to surface and Willow learns that not everything is as they appear in her memory. This book was intriguing and kept me reading. I enjoy books that go between past and present and seeing how different factors change dynamics in relationships that affect future generations. The author introduced me to “submerged forests” and how interesting and intriguing they are. I enjoy learning about new things and I liked how the author took something I had not known about and weaved it into the main storyline of this book. Overall this book was a great relaxing read and I will look forward to reading more by this author. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for this review.
When I saw that Beth Moore was writing a fiction book, I knew that it was going to be on my to-be-read list! I received just a few sample chapters of The Undoing of Saint Silvanus and I have to say that I am intrigued to read the rest of it. It is about a young woman whose father has died and she agrees to go to New Orleans to visit her grandmother and go to the burial. What she didn’t count on is an investigation into her father’s death leading to family secrets being told surrounding an old apartment building called Saint Silvanus. The publication date on this is 9/20 and I am looking forward to getting to finish this book! I received a sample of this book from NetGalley in exchange for this review.
Until next time….keep it simple!