No man can be called friendless who has God & the companionship of good books.
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Monday, November 9, 2009
White Picket Fences - GIVEAWAY!!!
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
Book: White Picket Fences
Author: Susan Meissner
The Janviers have the idyllic life - a beautiful home, great jobs, two wonderful kids - & surrounding it all is the proverbial white picket fence that protects them, offers them a serene sense of security... & hides all their secrets.
This is an amazing story that will suck you in. Its about a young girl, Tally, whose father left her with his grandmother to go on a search that no one knows about, except Tally. When her grandmother passes away & no one can get ahold of Tally's father, Bart, her aunt, Amanda, steps up to take Tally into their home.
Amanda & Neil Janvier have two children around the same age as Tally - Delcy &Chase. Tally &Chase seem to get along & understand each other. Soon they are working on a school project where they are looking into history &researching the Ghetto during the Holocaust, where their great-grandfather was killed. They meet up with two men from a nursing home that can fill in part of the story of what it was like - these men share some amazing stories &; are so endearing to see their friendship through the years...
Along the whole path, secrets that have been hidden are brought to light. Secrets from Chase's past, from Amanda & Neil's life, from their great-grandfather... all secrets that effect a life. Secrets that people try to hide & when you hide them, they eventually eat you up...
There was a question/answer session at the end with the author & she talked about the heart of the book & she mentioned the EXACT same line that really impacted me... I want to share that:
What do you hope readers come away with after reading White Picket Fences? The moment that Josef (the man in the nursing home) says "That is what all survivors must decide. We have to decide how much we will choose to remember & how much courage we are willing to expend to do so". It takes courage to acknowledge &remember what drove you to your knees or nearly killed you. If you choose to forget - that's assuming you actually can - then it seems to me you suffered for nothing.
That just impacted the tar out of me... So lucky for you guys... The publisher sent this to me for review & gave me an additional one, so I get do to a giveaway!!!! All you have to do is leave a comment for one entry & if you are a follower - you get an additional entry! Simple enough...
And if you arent a winner - you can always get it right HERE...
The drawing will be Friday night...GOOD LUCK!
MY RATING: 4 SKEINS
WE HAVE A WINNER...DAWN FROM DAWN'S COTTAGE CORNER!!! Yes - she won the last one too! I am using the random number generator & putting them in order of the comment posts... so she is just one lucky lady!!!! Congrats Dawn! Another book is headed your way!