Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What is Found, What is Lost
by Anne Leigh Parrish

Publisher: She Writes Press
Pages: 180
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Freddie was raised on faith. It's in her blood. Yet rather than seeking solace from the Almighty when she loses her husband of many years, she enters a state of quiet contemplation until her daughter, and then her sister, each come home with a host of problems of their own, and her solitude is brought to an end. As Freddie helps her daughter and sister deal with their troubles, her own painful past a wretched childhood at the hands of an unbalanced, pious mother begins to occupy her thoughts more than ever, as does Anna, the grandmother she's always wished she'd known better. Freddie feels that she and Anna are connected, not just through blood but through the raising of difficult daughters, and it's a kinship that makes her wonder what unseen forces have shaped her life. With all that to hand, a new family crisis rears its head and it forces Freddie to confront the questions she's asked so many times: What does it mean to believe in God? And does God even care?


Kritters Thoughts:  A multi generational story that takes you back and forth through four generations of women and each of the issues they have lived with and tried desperately to overcome.  Freddie is the main character of the four and with her daughter, mother and grandmother each telling their stories and the moments that make up their lives.  

My favorite part about multigenerational stories is the ability to see the effects of previous generations decisions on the next.  As well seeing the personality traits pass on or skip generations, I love it!  

Sometimes I find books that go back and forth between time periods hard, but this one skipped a little, but then gave you a good chunk set in one time or another - this made it easier to distinguish which character was taking the lead in the story.  

The character I felt the most disconnected to was Lorraine which is probably for obvious reasons as she definitely abandoned her girls, but I just wanted to hear more from her and the stories that she had to share.

If you love a book filled with women who are just telling the stories of their lives, then this book is right up your alley and definitely worth the read.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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