This is the second book in The Perez Family series by Chanel Cleeton. I'm happy to report that, in my opinion, this book is just as good as the first one! In fact, I think I liked it better.
This is one library book I'm going to have to buy and give a permanent place to on my bookshelf. This was such a heartbreakingly beautiful and ultimately redemptive story about grief and the aftermath of violence and trauma.
If you loved The Henna Artist and have been looking for another book with the same vivid imagery, strong female characters, and history from other countries' perspective, then this book should definitely be added to your TBR.
...this was an easy entry into a difficult topic about a horrible part of history and a wake up call about present issues plaguing the country and how much hasn't really changed.
If you loved Where the Crawdads Sing and have been looking for another book with the same slow burn Southern vibes, strong female characters, and swamp justice, then Deb Spera's Call Your Daughter Home should definitely be added to your TBR.
I finished this book in two days. For me, that's pretty dang quick and usually means forfeiting much-needed hours of sleep and disregarding some of those pesky adult things like laundry or cleaning. This book was really good, like if The Nightingale and Where the Crawdads Sing got together and had a baby, it would be this novel.
To be honest, after reading the synopsis for this one, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I loved Before We Were Yours so much that I fully trusted Wingate. Part coming of age, part adventure story, part crusade, this book doesn’t shy away from the shadowy bits of history we might want to sweep under the rug.
Racism is driven down into the bedrock of our (western and white colonized) society, culture, and economy in a way that is so pervasive it's like we need a red pill from The Matrix to see it clearly. If only it were that easy.
The inspiration behind this story was the reimagining of the author's mother's life had she not wed at 18 and had 3 children by age 22, had she been able to choose her own path instead of uphold the cultural responsibilities of her sex. The vivid descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells really took me to India and had me dreaming of it for days after finishing.
Nature v nurture, the age old debate. What makes a good mother? If your mother was a no-show in your life, did that mean you were doomed to be a bad mother? Blythe’s mom left her and her dad when she was a little girl, and when her husband, Fox, starts talking babies, Blythe is doubtful about motherhood, but is desperate to keep Fox happy. Motherhood is hard, anyone will tell you that, but is it supposed to be THIS hard? And when tragedy strikes the family and the blame game starts, lines are drawn and sides are taken, for better or worse.