#FridayReads: A Sparrow in Terezin, Inside the O’Briens, The Midwife’s Revolt+ more!

Posted 3 April, 2015 by DLWhite in Writers Write 0 Comments


This post should really be called ‘what I am reading all week’… because three of these novels come out on Tuesday and I will be lucky to get ONE of them read and a coherent review out. I read pretty quickly but only if I am deeply immersed in what I am reading and, being honest, a couple of these trains have left the station.

However, I will give it the old college try, as they say. On the menu this week:

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron (NetGalley)

Two women, one in the present day and one in 1942, each hope for a brighter future. But they’ll both have to battle through their darkest days to reach it.

“Today. “With the grand opening of her new gallery and a fairytale wedding months away, Sera James appears to have a charmed life. But in an instant, the prospect of a devastating legal battle surrounding her fiance threatens to tear her dreams apart. Sera and William rush to marry and are thrust into a world of doubt and fear as they defend charges that could separate them for life.

“June 1942. “After surviving the Blitz bombings that left many Londoners with shattered lives, Kaja Makovsky prayed for the war to end so she could return home to Prague. But despite the horrors of war, the gifted journalist never expected to see a headline screaming the extermination of Jews in work camps. Half-Jewish with her family in danger, Kaja has no choice but to risk everything to get her family out of Prague. But with the clutches of evil all around, her escape plan crumbles into deportation, and Kaja finds herself in a new reality as the art teacher to the children of Terezin.

Bound by a story of hope and the survival of one little girl, both Sera and Kaja will fight to protect all they hold dear.

I JUST started this one the other day. it seemed interesting when I requested it from NetGalley but I was in a bit of a mood then, and now I’m not in that same mood. I am going to give it a chance,  though I have too many books to read to force myself to finish something I’m not feeling.

Inside the O’Briens: A Novel by Lisa Genova (NetGalley)

Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

I’ve read everything Lisa Genova has written and if I am being honest, this one stands a chance of being read and reviewed by Tuesday.


The Midwife’s Revolt by Jodi Daynard (NetGalley)

On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband’s life.

Alone in a new town, Lizzie grieves privately but takes comfort in her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams. Soon, word spreads of Lizzie’s extraordinary midwifery and healing skills, and she begins to channel her grief into caring for those who need her. But when two traveling patriots are poisoned, Lizzie finds herself with far more complicated matters on her hands—she suspects a political plot intended to harm Abigail and her family. Determined to uncover the truth, Lizzie becomes entangled in a conspiracy that could not only destroy her livelihood—and her chance at finding love again—but also lead to the downfall of a new nation

I’m actually about halfway through this book and it’s quite interesting. It’s scratching my historical fiction itch, though I really tend not to like wartime books. Thankfully it focuses more on the fight at home than on the battlefield. Might finish this one this evening just to have it done.


The Trouble With Love by Christina C. Jones

“That’s the trouble with love. You never know when you’ll lose it, when you’ll find it, or what you’ll have to do to keep it.”

One sister is living the dream…
Cameron has found the perfect guy in handsome, successful Kyle. He’s supportive, kind, just all around wonderful. Unfortunately, the higher the pedestal, the harder the fall.

While the other is waking up from what could have been a nightmare…
Unforgiveable actions force Jai to move on from her admittedly stagnant relationship with Elliott…right into the arms of her best friend. Was love standing right in her face all along, or is she still looking in the wrong direction?

Hearts are broken and healed. Scars, both physical and emotional are formed. Happiness is found, then lost, then found again.

Over the course of a year, these sisters face shattering blows and remarkable triumphs as they embark on a journey, figuring out that pesky little thing called love.

I’m so unashamed to say that I fangirl over certain authors (Roni Loren, anyone?) and Christina is a new author that I discovered via twitter. I’ve been devouring her backlist (at the risk of not reading other, newer material) and thoroughly enjoying her writing style and the stories she tells. I’m about halfway through this one and it’s so good that I sneak a page or two at work and have Siri read it to me in the car! She has such a knack for realistic, snappy and funny writing. One of those writers that makes me want to write!

I have a couple of other authors lined up to read…. ya’ll! My kindle is about to bust open, i’ve been grabbing up so many books by talented black authors! Kimberly Golden and Te Russ are on my list as well.

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