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The Other Side of Heartache by [Smith, Sarah Jo]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 936 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sarah Jo Smith; 1 edition (4 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AXBK8YY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #880,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I found I couldn't put this novel down once I started to read it. It is well written, the characters are very believable and you feel compelled to follow the story. The contrast between the present day (well the early 2000s) and the 1960s is striking in terms of the shift in attitudes between the two periods. I view the 1960s as being a time of sexual liberation. However through the diaries the reader is introduced to a world of conservative middle class America where sexual liberation amongst young women was frowned upon against the backdrop of intense pressure to 'make a good marriage'. This moral pressure was exerted by those who were often far from virtuous themselves as the secrets of the past were hidden in shame. The clever inclusion of a collection of diaries written by Penny and discovered after Penny's death by her daughter Grace captivates the reader as you are intrigued to follow this passionate story of growing up, making mistakes, experiencing tragedy but somehow rising like a phoenix from the ashes to triumph in the end. How often do we get such a personal insight into a parent after their death, a window on their world. Grace was shocked by the revelations in the diaries about her mother but in the end gained a greater understanding and respect for her that was to change the very direction of her own life and create a greater honesty within the family generally.

This is a great novel, big congratulations to the author, it is wonderful!
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Very moving story . This did happen in the 60's. Any teenager of this era could identify with this book!
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This book was sentimental. I do hate it when the actions and stance of older characters is judged from a modern viewpoint. The world changes, opinions alter. Not many people are genuinely bad, most of us do our best in life. Very unsatisfying read, from a very sentimental and girly viewpoint.
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By amy on 19 July 2013
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Amazing but at the same time sad, really pulls on your heart stings. Will read again and recommend to fellow book lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this lovely story! 8 Aug. 2016
By Josey Jacques - Published on Amazon.com
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First, I want to say that I appreciate a non-Christian novel that is not full of vulgarities and curse words. Second, I at least as much appreciate a storyline that keeps me guessing until at least the halfway point. As an author and lifelong novel reader, I can usually predict where a story is going pretty early on. But I was about halfway through this novel when I began to make the first connections.

Besides those aspects, the author does an excellent job juxtapositioning the events of Grace’s life with the reading of her mother’s diaries. I found it easy to relate to both mother and daughter, as well as to vicariously experience their emotions, because the author also does an excellent job of developing and delving deep into her characters. The story is a touching and poignant one illustrating the concept of family.

If you’re looking for a quality work of women’s fiction, I highly recommend this one!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thoughful 27 Feb. 2013
By sherryintheglen - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm sure the story was actually 'true' to many girls in the 20th century - and Sarah Jo Smith has captured well the emotional roller coaster ride of emotions and solutions that so many people lived through. Very moving, and I'm very happy that there is a different mind-set among people in the past several years - why were the boys never made accountable for thier part of the situation when these enexpected pregnancies happened? Beautifully written, very moving and honest dialogue - loved the book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming..Compassionate without being soft... 6 July 2013
By Dorothy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is, without a doubt, the most heartwarming, touching, compassionate and loving book I have read in years. The things kept secret by our ancestors of a few decades ago can alter the lives of those who kept the secrets and of each generation on forward. As we see by this story, this can be so sad.

I recommend this book for teens on up. It is a book of life and how to truly live it in love. It is a book of human mistakes and how to learn from them without hurting people.

This story is exceptionally well written. It is written in a past / present manor that unravels the secret past of Gracie Leigh's mother and her mother before her. Through the diaries of Grace's mother, we learn what went on when Penny and Eleanor both were just teens. We learn of how it effected each woman, and what they tried to do about it.

The characters are so well written I can't even begin to compliment on them enough. These people are ones you will relate to easy and quickly. You know people like them in life. Might be some of this book will help you gain insight into who they (real life people) are and what makes them tick. For the characters of this book, I don't think you will forget them ll so easily. They make a good impression and a statement to carry on in real life.

For myself, I can only confess that the last part of this book had me in tears, it touched me that much.

Please, do yourself a favor and buy this book.
You will not be sorry.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other side OF Heartache 22 May 2017
By Carole La Flamme Beigheyj - Published on Amazon.com
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A great novel, filled with love and family ... both good and bad times! HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM and how to overcome them. My only complaint was it was too complicated at times which made it too long. But it s characters were realistic and charming. Good lessons learned. CLB
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!! 29 Jan. 2013
By DD - Published on Amazon.com
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A delightful, engaging book that captivates the complexities of family interactions and issues over several decades. The reader is taken behind the scenes as secrets unfold and ripple through the fabric of the different characters.

The reader's attention is held by going back and forth between two locations and two generations, accompanied by references to relevant literary works. The author creatively weaves the story as the lives of a mother and daughter intersect, both in person, and through diaries left behind after one's death. As secrets emerge from the dusty pages, the human emotions of shock, hurt and anger, loss of trust and eventually acceptance and forgiveness spiral through the story. Everything "known" is challenged by information buried in the past, making the reader question family constellations and wonder if any of us truly know another person, even those closest to us by both bonds and blood.

The author realistically takes the reader back in time to an era when having a child out of wedlock was a hidden, shameful event. Through a series of events the positive changes in our society emerge, as well as the powerful theme of family loyalty, both the gifts and struggles. The author's thorough understanding of all aspects surrounding adoption validates the story.

This is a perfect selection for book clubs. The social and political impacts of family dynamics are a catalyst for reflection and thought provoking discussion. The reader is immersed into the lives of the characters, dreading the end of the book, and hoping the author will gift us with a sequel.
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