- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #880,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Other Side of Heartache Kindle Edition
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This is a great novel, big congratulations to the author, it is wonderful!
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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!
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.
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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