Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Review: Write My Name Across the Sky by Barbara O'Neal

Write My Name Across the Sky
by Barbara O'Neal

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 366
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:   Life’s beautiful for seventy-something influencer Gloria Rose, in her Upper West Side loft with rooftop garden and scores of Instagram followers—until she gets word that her old flame has been arrested for art theft and forgery, and, knowing her own involvement in his misdeeds decades earlier, decides to flee. But that plan is complicated when the nieces she raised are thrown into crises of their own.

Willow, overshadowed by her notorious singer-songwriter mother, has come home to lick her wounds on the heels of a failed album and yet another disastrous relationship. Sam, prickly and fiercely independent, is on the verge of losing not only her beloved video game company but the man she loves, thanks to her inability to keep her always-simmering anger in check.

With the FBI closing in, Willow’s career in shambles, and Sam’s tribulations reaching a peak, each of the three woman will have to reckon with and reconcile their interwoven traumas, past loves, and the looming consequences that could either destroy their futures or bring them closer than ever.

Kritters Thoughts:  Gloria, a seventy-something, is an aunt and an influencer and living in a great apartment in New York City until events of her past make it into the news and she feels as though her whole life is threatened.  She has asked one of her nieces to come home, Willow, who is between gigs and is ready to flee Los Angeles and regroup in New York City surrounded by family.  Sam is her older half sister and she is having issues of her own as her gaming company has flatlined without a release that created any buzz and is in jeopardy to lose it all.  

Each of these three women take turns narrating chapters and moving the story along and I always love when main characters split duty and get the chance to tell their side of the story, make the whole book feel more full as you see similar events through multiple eyes.  

While each of these women had something going on in their lives, it never felt as though one or the other was over the top and anywhere near soap worthy!  While their issues may be out of my realm of issues, they never felt as though they couldn't happen to these women at the same time and ridiculous even for fiction.  

I loved that a large portion of this book focused on the sister relationship and while they were romance storylines for each woman, the family stories took the focus and were the true journey of the book.  Don't get me wrong, I love a good romance, but it is fun to read a book that centers around another personal relationship in one's life.  

I was a fan of Barbara O'Neal before picking this one up and will anticipate what she has coming next!

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

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 96 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Sparkpoint Studio.  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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