Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review: Take Me Back by Sally Mandel

Take Me Back by Sally Mandel

Publisher: Diversion Books
Pages: 166
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Lily Adams is the animating spirit of those around her, even in her twilight years. Perhaps none is more touched by her presence than her granddaughter, Amy, whom Lily saves from a teenage crisis. The family saga of three generations of the Adams clan is filled with crises of identity and the pains of romance, with Lily's presence profoundly felt throughout.

Kritters Thoughts:  A book told in short stories that are linked by the narrators being all in the same family.  From grandmother, daughter to granddaughter and some of the men in their lives, the short stories jumped from time to time and at times felt a little disjointed.

Lily Adams, the grandmother, was the central character, but her family definitely took center stage at times and each had issues that they were trying to deal with - from drugs, to abusive relationships to job dissatisfaction the author put almost any negative personal struggle in the book. 

If you are a reader that enjoys short stories that are linked, this is a great book to pick up.  It took a lot of effort to know who was talking and what time period we were in - although if you put the work into it, this could be a really enjoyable book. 

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2013 Challenge: 67 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Diversion Books.  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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