Throwback Thursday – What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg

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Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is: 

What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg 

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Published May 25, 1998 by Ballantine Books

Goodreads Description:

Do you ever really know your mother, your daughter, the people in your family? In this rich and rewarding new novel by the beloved bestselling author of Talk Before Sleep and The Pull of the Moon, a reunion between two sisters and their mother reveals how the secrets and complexities of the past have shaped the lives of the women in a family.

Ginny Young is on a plane, en route to see her mother, whom she hasn’t seen or spoken to for thirty-five years. She thinks back to the summer of 1958, when she and her sister, Sharla, were young girls. At that time, a series of dramatic events–beginning with the arrival of a mysterious and sensual next-door neighbor–divided the family, separating the sisters from their mother. Moving back and forth in time between the girl she once was and the woman she’s become, Ginny at last confronts painful choices that occur in almost any woman’s life, and learns surprising truths about the people she thought she knew best.

Emotional honesty and a true understanding of people and relationships are combined in this moving and deeply satisfying new book by the novelist who “writes with humor and a big heart about resilience, love and hope. And the transcendence that redeems.

My Thoughts:

I read my first novel from Elizabeth Berg almost twenty years ago. The book was “Talk Before Sleep” and it was a fantastic read.

One of the next books I read was this one. The description for “What We Keep” pulled me in and I couldn’t wait to read it. I love books that involve mother-daughter relationships, secrets, and family drama. This one hit all the right notes. 

Though it’s been many years since I read this, I still have good feelings when I think of it. It’s another book on my to re-read list. Elizabeth Berg writes about women, family, love, and loss in a wonderful way.

I highly recommend this novel.

Have you read this? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Throwback Thursday – Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

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Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is:

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

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Published February 5th 2008 by St. Martin’s Press

 

Goodreads Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of On Mystic Lake comes a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship. . . .

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all—beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.

So begins Kristin Hannah’s magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.

From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.

Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . .

For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship—jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone’s Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it’s the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It’s about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you—and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you’ll never forget . . . one you’ll want to pass on to your best friend.

 

My Thoughts:

Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and Firefly Lane is one of my favorite books.

I was really excited to hear that the book was going to be turned into a series starring Beau Garrett, Sarah Chalke, Roan Curtis, Katherine Heigl among others. Apparently it will be released on Netflix sometime this year.

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I hope to have the time to re-read this novel before the series is released.

A wonderfully engaging coming of age story that has stayed with me all these years.

 

Highly recommended!

 

Throwback Thursday – Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

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Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is:

 

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Never Let You Go

Published March 14, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

 

Goodreads Description:

The author of Still Missing targets her readership with a novel that hits all the notes they come to expect from her—and ratchets up the stakes even more. Lindsey Nash has left an abusive relationship and her ex-husband was sent to jail. She has started over with a new life, her own business, and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When her husband is finally released, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties. There is no way he can ever find her and her daughter again. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded. Even her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he is a different person and doesn’t want to do her any harm. But can he really change? Is the one who wants her dead even closer to home than she thought?

 

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Chevy Stevens, I love the way she tells a story and I really enjoyed this novel. The plot was intriguing and the character development was excellent. The book flows back and forth from past to present and is told from the two main character’s points of view. Their different perspectives made the story even more interesting. I was positive I had things all figured out, but then something would happen that had me second-guessing everything I thought I knew. I was always uncertain as to what would happen next.

This was a fast-paced and suspenseful story with plenty of terrific plot twists. It kept me gripped right up until the satisfying conclusion.

I highly recommend this novel!

Throwback Thursday – Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

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Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is:

 

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

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Published December 20, 1995 by Grand Central Publishing

 

I loved this book!!!

Usually having read a book so long ago, I can’t remember much about it.  However, that is not the case with this book. I read it in 1999 when I was pregnant with my daughter, and it seems just like yesterday.

The main character,  Novalee Nation is a pregnant 17-year-old girl who is abandoned by her boyfriend in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. Novalee is such a great character, so easy to love and root for.

This was such a unique and heartwarming read.  A gripping page-turner with so much heart!

This wonderful book has stayed with me all these years. I can’t wait to read it again.

Highly recommended!