It's time for another edition of Book Club Friday:
I read Ann Tatlock's I'll Watch the Moon
(from her website)Set in St. Paul, Minnesota, during the 1948 polio epidemic, this is the story of Nova Tierney, who desperately longs for a father. It also is the story of her mother, Catherine, angry at a God in whom she no longer believes, and Josef Karski, an Auschwitz survivor whose trusting spirit refuses to be subdued, even by his heart-wrenching past.
This is a great book; the characters are captivatingg and you want to learn/find out more about their stories. There is a sad surprise towards the end, but what happens because of it/after it is heart warming and raw. I wasn't expecting the Holocaust aspect but it isn't too much of the whole story and it really plays in well. I love Ann's addition of Faith/God but don't worry it isn't overwhelming to the overall story. Her story and writing made me smile, laugh and cry (it is pretty rare that book makes me cry) so I give this novel a solid A.
Next I read Kathryn Cushman's Waiting for Daybreak
(from her website)
Paige Woodward is a woman without choices. Her destitute mother's only hope for a cure isn't covered by insurance. When a dream opportunity arises at a brand-new pharmacy, Paige is willing to keep quiet about her past to make sure she lands the job. For Clarissa Richardson, the dream of running her own pharmacy comes to a screeching halt when her grandfather hires a too-perfect new girl who seems to be hiding something. How far will they go to protect their dreams for tomorrow?
What will happen when one woman's last hope means ruining another woman's greatest dream?
I really liked this book; and I am enjoying Kathryn's writing/novels. This is a simple story with a dash of keeping the faith/believing in His timing. It made me anxious because I was just waiting for the "shoe to drop" with Paige's situation and I just wanted to hop into the book and scream at Clarissa :) Sweet ending; I also give this book an A.
What have you been reading?
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