Saturday, January 19, 2013

Reviews from We Love This Book

by Jenn Ashworth
The Leekes are a Lancastrian family of Mormons ruled by domineering matriarch Pauline, who, with son Gary due to return home from a two-year missionary programme, throws herself into a fever of preparations. Meanwhile her husband Martin dreams of escape, daughter Jeannie is hiding a terrible secret and elder son Julian is reaching the end of his own dark journey of self-discovery. Jenn Ashworth’s novel is an unusual take on the themes of faith, religion and family.

by Ayana Mathis
Pick up this book and you’ll embark on a turbulent journey with Hattie Shepherd, an African-American woman who migrates from Georgia in the 1920s in the hope of a better life in Philadelphia. Over the decades she gives birth to 11 children, and it is through their experiences that Hattie’s own story is revealed. Don’t expect a comfy family saga, though, as this mother is brimful of a stoic seething that has endless consequences for her offspring.

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