Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Recommendation::: Necessary Lies

I just finished another really good book and I just HAD to share it with you!


via goodreads: 
Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest—and most hopeful—places in the human heart

After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients' lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.

Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?


*****

I don't normally give out 5-star reviews but this book I had to.
I can find no fault in it.
I very much enjoyed reading (listening) to this story.

I recommend this book to you my friends.

This book takes you right to North Carolina 1960s and puts you in a world you may not even know exists (at least I didn't). We all know the gender roles and race roles of that time period - but what about the roles of Social Workers who had the opportunity to make a choice of rather a young (poor) person should be sterilized or not?

In this story you get to hear both sides of this story (I LOVE alternating chapter/character voices) and you'll enjoy each character - it's really hard not to.

Diane Chamberlain is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing is so good, her characters are believable and she makes me feel something.

I enjoyed this!

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Are you a Diane Chamberlain fan?

Does this sound like something you would read?

Now that I finished this - do you have a book recommendation for me?


~Trish


1 comment:

  1. Never heard of her before, but with this glowing review Ill have to add her to my to-read list!

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