Blog Tour Book Review: On the Sickle’s Edge by Neville D. Frankel

on-the-sickles-edge-coverAbout On the Sickle’s Edge

 Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Dialogos (January 15, 2017)

What we cannot keep. What we cannot lose.

A sweeping masterwork of love and loss, secrets and survival, On the Sickle’s Edge is told through the voices of three characters who lay bare their family’s saga: the endearing, scrappy South-African born Lena, transported to Latvia and later trapped in the USSR; her granddaughter Darya, a true Communist whose growing disillusionment with Soviet ideology places her family at mortal risk; and Steven, a painter from Boston who inadvertently stumbles into the tangled web of his family’s past. Against the roiling backdrop of twentieth-century Russia and Eastern Europe, the novel delivers equal parts historical drama, political thriller and poignant love story.

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On the Sickle’s Edge takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through some of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century. Instantly immersed in seven generations of the Shtein family, we witness their exhilarating celebrations and provocative controversies, and gain an intimate understanding of the pivotal events in South Africa, Latvia and the Soviet Union. Neville Frankel’s ability to combine historical insight and human passion is spellbinding. I couldn’t put it down. —Pamela Katz, The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink

In the hands of a masterful storyteller, On the Sickle’s Edge pits the weight of an oppressive regime against individual tenacity and profound personal courage. Inspired by Frankel’s own family history, this multi-generational epic holds up a mirror to a universal truth: all immigrants face the powerful tension between assimilation and cultural identity. We have–all of us–lived life on the edge of the sickle.’–Rabbi Andrew Baker, Director of International Jewish Affairs, American Jewish Committee

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for On the Sickles Edge by Neville D. Frankel.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an my honest review of it.

On the Sickles Edge is a historical fiction novel based off of the authors families own experiences. This story is a family saga where we follow generations of one family as they go through things like being forced from the only home they’ve known during World War I, the loss of loved ones and the struggle to assimilate into a different culture for their own safety. 

I loved this book. I was immediately intimidated by the size because lately I’ve been reading smaller books but when I actually dived into read it, I couldn’t put it down so it ended up going really fast. 

This story was really moving, really gripping and also very sad for me. It was a lot of things. It was a story filled with grief, loss, and struggle but it was also a story of survival, Love, hope and identity. I felt like there was a little of everything in it. I didn’t expect there to be romance or humor in this book but I was surprised to find these things in the narrative as well. 

I feel like this book is an important one and I think it adds to the conversation that we are all having and will continue to have about immigration, acceptance, and overall human rights. I think something great this book does is places you in the shoes of this family and these people who are have undergone some of humanity’s unfortunate tragedies and ugliness and you can’t help but be right there with the in their struggle to survive and overcome. I didn’t really know much about the attitude and actions towards Jews in Russia at this time so I felt like I was not only feeling a lot while reading this book but I was also learning a lot. I have seen other reviewers not quite liking the cover but I actually really love it, it is initially what drew me in about this book before I had known what it was about and now that I have read it I believe it has a deep significance to the story and to my experience while reading it. 

This was beautiful and affecting. There were times when I had to put it down and take a breather, times when I was so scared for these characters that I felt so much  compassion for and times when I just couldn’t put it down.

This is a great book, very gripping and very moving. Five stars. Highly recommend. I think I am going to be looking into Third Power by this author now. 

Happy Reading everyone! 

neville-frankel-apAbout Neville D. Frankel

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Neville Frankel immigrated to Boston with his family when he was 14. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he pursued doctoral work in English literature at the University of Toronto. While in Canada, he wrote The Third Power, a well-reviewed political thriller about the transformation of Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. He also received an Emmy for his work on a BBC documentary, The Mind of a Murderer: Part 1. In 2005 he returned to South Africa for the first time in 38 years. Over the next decade he went back several more times, researching what would become Bloodlines. He has recently completed work on his newest novel On the Sickle’s Edge, set in 20th-century Eastern Europe, South Africa and the United States.

Neville is a 2013 Jewish Book Council Author and has participated in speaking engagements around the country. A highlight of his Bloodlines book tour was addressing the Board of South Africa Partners and the South African Ambassador to the United States.

When he’s not writing, Frankel works as a financial planner. He also has a keen passion for painting. Frankel has three grown children and lives outside Boston with his wife Marlene.

Find out more about Neville at his website and connect with him on Facebook.

 

Blog Tour Book Review: Yesternight by Cat Winters

yesternight-coverAbout Yesternight

� Paperback: 400 pages
� Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 4, 2016)

From the author of The Uninvited comes a haunting historical novel with a compelling mystery at its core.� A young child psychologist steps off a train, her destination a foggy seaside town. There, she begins a journey causing her to question everything she believes about life, death, memories, and reincarnation.

In 1925, Alice Lind steps off a train in the rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon. There, she expects to do nothing more difficult than administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren. A trained psychologist, Alice believes mysteries of the mind can be unlocked scientifically, but now her views are about to be challenged by one curious child.

Seven-year-old Janie O�Daire is a mathematical genius, which is surprising. But what is disturbing are the stories she tells: that her name was once Violet, she grew up in Kansas decades earlier, and she drowned at age nineteen. Alice delves into these stories, at first believing they�re no more than the product of the girl�s vast imagination.� But, slowly, Alice comes to the realization that Janie might indeed be telling a strange truth.

Alice knows the investigation may endanger her already shaky professional reputation, and as a woman in a field dominated by men she has no room for mistakes. But she is unprepared for the ways it will illuminate terrifying mysteries within her own past, and in the process, irrevocably change her life.

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I am happy to bring you my review of Yesternight by Cat Winters. I received this book from the publisher Harper Collins through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it.

Yesternight is a historical fiction story about a young trained psychologist, Alice Lind, who travels the country testing children’s educational aptitude for the department of education. On her current assignment she meets an extraordinary young girl who seems to have the knowledge and memory of someone twice her age, quite literally claiming to have lived another life. Meeting her sends Alice on a hunt for answers, not only for the child and her family, but also for herself.

Yesternight wasn’t quite what I was expected it to be, which turned out to be a wonderfully good thing. I definitely wasn’t expecting to react to it the way I did. When I finally read this book, it had been months since I had last read the synopsis so I went into my read of it with fresh eyes and no clue as to what to expect, other than the front cover as a clue. I was way off judging from the cover. I expected a women’s historical fiction book. While I definitely got that in this book, it was actually so much more than that. It was unexpectedly creepy, which was awesome for an October read! I don’t know if this book was meant to be chilling and suspenseful but I read this book between the hours of 12 and 4 in the morning with the rest of the house asleep and all the lights off (except my handy dandy book light) and it was definitely a bit creepy! Aside from that, this was a wonderful read. It definitely dealt in the realm of women’s fiction as our main character, Alice, is  working in a predominantly male profession and is struggling with the preferential treatment of men in her field and in academia. She is very much an independent, modern woman in command of her own sexuality which I loved to see in this book.

I just really loved that this story was so layered. We have that women’s fiction layer but deeper than that there is this mystery/thriller beneath the surface that I did not expect but was fascinated by. This was a thrilling, entertaining story that I would highly recommend to historical fiction or mystery fans alike. Loved this book, I could not put it down! A five star read!

Photo by Tara Kelly

Photo by Tara Kelly

About Cat Winters

Cat Winters’s debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was released to widespread critical acclaim. The novel has been named a finalist for the 2014 Morris Award, a�School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, and a Booklist 2013 Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth. Winters lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.

Find out more about Cat at her website, and follow her on tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram,�Facebook, and Twitter.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Finding the Raven by Patty Dickson Pieczka

ftrbannerftr2kindleTitle: Finding the Raven by Patty Dickson Pieczka
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Publisher: White Stag, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Page count: 292pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: June 15, 2016
Rating – 4/5!!

When Julia Dulac’s father is murdered onstage and her inheritance is swindled away, she must work through her grief and fear of poverty to find both the killer and a means of survival with help from the Raven, a black crystal that reveals images of past and future truths. While having the crystal appraised, Julia finds love and her life takes unexpected turns through mystery and betrayal against the backdrop of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

Through the boarding house window, Julia overhears an argument between Rose and her wealthy father over Rose’s illegitimate pregnancy. He drops Rose off, saying he will return in one year, that she must be either single and childless or respectably married. Though from completely different backgrounds, Julia and Rose become fast friends, facing lessons of survival and redemption as their fates become irrevocably entwined.

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Happy Tuesday! Today I am bringing you my review of Finding the Raven by Patty Dickson Pieczka. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review of it.

Finding the Raven follows the story of two young women who find their world’s torn apart, one by a surprise pregnancy that causes her parents to send her away and another by the unexpected death of her father. They find themselves in the same city at the same boarding house and they fast become friends that help each other find their way in the world on their own.

I have had the good luck of reading some really good books lately and Finding the Raven is definitely among them. I thought that the cover to this book was beautiful and I was also pulled in the by the description. Having not read much historical fiction lately, it was easy for me to get wrapped up in this book from the beginning. Altogether it took me about a day to read, which is pretty fast for me because I had to read it during my breaks at work and such, so as you can tell I found it pretty difficult to put this book down.

I definitely loved the multiple perspectives used in telling the story but my favorites of course, were that of Julia and Rose. I loved seeing their friendship blossom and just really loved seeing their individual stories and the struggles they overcome. While I don’t think they are the most complex characters, I thought they were both pretty enjoyable and their struggles fit with the time period this book takes place in.

The ending fell a little flat for me and seemed a little rushed compared to the rest of the book but I did enjoy it and would definitely be up for reading more from this author! I think a second book would definitely answer some of the questions I still had about Julia and Monroe’s ending, as well as the crystal and the ravens but I’m not sure if that is a thing. Overall, this story was absorbing and enjoyable. I recommend checking it out and I am giving it four stars. I feel like it was historical fiction with a little light fantasy, I found that blend to be really interesting and it worked really well. I thought the description of the fair was intoxicating and I would have loved to see a little more of it. If you are looking for an absorbing historical fiction read with light fantasy elements, you may enjoy this story!

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Patty Dickson Pieczka’s second book, Painting the Egret’s Echo,, won the Library of Poetry Book Award from Bitter Oleander Press. Other books are Lacing through Time, and Word Paintings. Winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Contest, the I SPS contest, and the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, she’s contributed to over fifty journals and graduated from Southern Illinois University’s creative writing program.

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Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (August 30, 2016)

After being blacklisted for having communist sympathies as a student twenty years before, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Tom Wrought escapes America’s Cold War climate to teach at Oxford. There, he falls in love with Liz Spencer, a beautiful married woman. When Liz’s husband is pushed in front of a train in the London Underground, Tom is immediately arrested for the murder. Scotland Yard is convinced it has its man, as he had means, motive, and opportunity.

Certain of his innocence, Liz hires a young solicitor, Alice Silverstone, to defend Tom. But they discover that Tom’s former secret work as an American spy made him a number of powerful enemies. Russian intelligence, British counterespionage, and even the FBI all may have reason to frame him. If Liz and Alice can find out who is behind the murder, they stand a chance of freeing Tom, but doing so puts all their lives at risk.

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Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Autumn in Oxford by Alex Rosenberg. I received this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it. 

Autumn in Oxford is a historical fiction novel about Elizabeth and Tom, a man and a woman who began an affair in the midst of their failing marriages. When Liz’s husband is murdered right in front of Tom, they come to find themselves in the middle of an intricate conspiracy to frame the murder on Tom for reasons that will make him revisit the events of his political past.

I rather enjoyed Autumn in Oxford. The prospect of reading a book with a plot that included both espionage and romance was highly intriguing to me. In reading Autumn in Oxford, I found it to be heavy on the espionage and very light on the romance. I expected there to be a little more romance in it than there actually was so I didn’t really connect that well with Liz and Tom’s relationship although I definitely was not a fan of either of their spouses. 

That being said, I really enjoyed the espionage and intelligence aspect of this book. I found the chapters that are delivered as Tom’s handwritten confessional narrative to be highly interesting. I loved playing sleuth with Alice and Liz trying to uncover details in Toms past and current work to bring light to the predicament he finds himself in. I thought it was rather interesting to see how all the different characters and organizations fit together in their pursuit of Tom and the danger element of never knowing who could exactly be trusted was intriguing. 

This is the first book I have read so far from Alex Rosenberg and judging from this book, I would be interested in reading more of his work. His writing style definitely suited me and kept me interested in the story. I am giving this book 3.5 stars because I did find it enjoyable and think that historical fiction fans may enjoy it as well, especially those interested in the Cold War period and stories involving espionage. 

 

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Alex Rosenberg is the author of the novel The Girl from Krakow. He has lived in Britain and has taught at Oxford, where he made the acquaintance of some of the historical figures that play roles in Autumn in Oxford. Rosenberg is the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke University in North Carolina.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Terrible Virtue by Ellen Feldmen

Terrible Virtue coverAbout Terrible Virtue

• Hardcover: 272 pages
• Publisher: Harper (March 22, 2016)

In the spirit of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank, the provocative and compelling story of one of the most fascinating and influential figures of the twentieth century: Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood—an indomitable woman who, more than any other, and at great personal cost, shaped the sexual landscape we inhabit today.

The daughter of a hard-drinking, smooth-tongued free thinker and a mother worn down by thirteen children, Margaret Sanger vowed her life would be different. Trained as a nurse, she fought for social justice beside labor organizers, anarchists, socialists, and other progressives, eventually channeling her energy to one singular cause: legalizing contraception. It was a battle that would pit her against puritanical, patriarchal lawmakers, send her to prison again and again, force her to flee to England, and ultimately change the lives of women across the country and around the world.

This complex enigmatic revolutionary was at once vain and charismatic, generous and ruthless, sexually impulsive and coolly calculating—a competitive, self-centered woman who championed all women, a conflicted mother who suffered the worst tragedy a parent can experience. From opening the first illegal birth control clinic in America in 1916 through the founding of Planned Parenthood to the arrival of the Pill in the 1960s, Margaret Sanger sacrificed two husbands, three children, and scores of lovers in her fight for sexual equality and freedom.

With cameos by such legendary figures as Emma Goldman, John Reed, Big Bill Haywood, H. G. Wells, and the love of Margaret’s life, Havelock Ellis, this richly imagined portrait of a larger-than-life woman is at once sympathetic to her suffering and unsparing of her faults. Deeply insightful, Terrible Virtue is Margaret Sanger’s story as she herself might have told it.

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog today to check out my post as part of the tour for Terrible Virtue by Ellen Feldman. I’d like to send a big thank you to the author, as well as to the publisher Harper Collins and TLC book tours for giving me opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Terrible Virtue is a work of historical fiction based on the life of Margaret Sanger, a woman who advocated for birth control in a climate that was definitely not friendly to the idea of women being in control of their bodies and futures. Since this is historical fiction, not everything in this book is going to be solidly factual but I did feel as though it read much more like a memoir than historical fiction which is something I ended up enjoying because I do enjoy reading books of that genre.

I am new to Margaret Sanger and I consider myself to be pretty new as well, to feminist literature both fiction and nonfiction. I am wanting to expand my reading of feminist literature so when presented with the chance to read this book, I had to and was really excited to read it. It was an interesting and light read although there were areas that I wished we were given more detail on. I am not super familiar with the life of Margaret Sanger so I’m not sure what in this book is factual and what is not but I do believe that it gave me a good idea of her life, what she advocated for and what she went through because of her beliefs and her conviction. I do think that she is someone who is important in the feminist movement but I found it hard to really connect with her I think because we are shown both sides of her life – Margaret the Revolutionary and Margaret the mother. She was human and this book definitely showed that but if anything, I really really felt for her children and obviously I felt for all of the women she was fighting for. It just shows how much she sacrificed in order to research and fight for her cause.

I am giving this book 3.5 stars because I did like it, I enjoyed reading it and felt like I did learn a bit about Margaret Sanger. This book actually makes me pretty interested in learning more about her and the topic of the history of birth control. I definitely recommend reading this if you are looking to read more feminist literature or learn a little bit about the climate Margaret Sanger was operating in or even to learn a little about her life.

Happy reading everyone!

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Ellen Feldman Author PhotoAbout Ellen Feldman

Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, is the author of five previous novels, including Scottsboro, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and Next to Love. She lives in New York City.

For more information on Ellen and her work, please visit her website, www.ellenfeldman.com.

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Blog Tour Book Review: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

America's First Daughter coverAbout America’s First Daughter

• Paperback: 624 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 1, 2016)

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.

It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William’s wife and still be a devoted daughter.

Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father’s reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

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Happy Wednesday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. I’d like to send a big thank you to the authors, TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

America’s First Daughter is a work of historical fiction based on the letters of Thomas Jefferson and is about his daughter. It is also told from her perspective and tells of the story of her family and the sacrifices they made for our country.

I loved this book. Going into this book I didn’t know much about Thomas Jefferson and his family other than the basic information that stayed with me over the years since my last US History course in college. I feel like I don’t read as many books based during this time period as I would like, so I think this was a really good start for me. I am also always intrigued to read about the women behind the men of history whether it’s nonfiction or historical fiction but I especially love historical fiction. This story gripped me from start to finish. It was sweeping and compelling and even though I read it in a day I felt like I savored it, it was definitely a great read.

I loved reading about Patsy and experiencing this piece of history through her eyes. I enjoyed catching a glimpse of Thomas Jefferson through the eyes of his daughter and catching a glimpse of places like Paris during this time. My heart also broke for her at certain points in the story and I also swooned a few times. Definitely gripping!

This book is over 500 pages so before I started it, I was pretty intimidated as the majority of books I tend to read are about at about the 280-389 pages range but I do love to read larger books as well and this one actually felt like less because I couldn’t put it down. For me it had the right balance between the entertainment factor and the historical factor and I am giving it a five star review.

While I know that this book is fiction and is based on real people and events but may not be entirely accurate, I do usually find that in historical fiction books there are still things for me to learn or review and I did find this to be the case in this book as well. It is very evident that the authors researched people and events in order to write this and that extra touch just adds another layer to the book that is fascinating. If, like me, the lives of the women of history interest you or you are looking for a really great historical fiction/women’s fiction read, check this book out!

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About Stephanie Dray

Stephanie Dray is a bestselling and award-nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her work has been translated into six different languages, was nominated for RWA’s RITA Award, and won NJRW’s Golden Leaf. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near the nation’s capital.

Find out more about Stephanie at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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About Laura Kamoie

Laura Kamoie has published two nonfiction books on early America and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction under the name Laura Kaye, the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books.

Find out more about Laura at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb

The Beautiful Possible COVERAbout The Beautiful Possible

• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (February 16, 2016)

“I’ve never read anything quite like this lyrical and infinitely wise novel. . . . If books could shimmer, this one would.”—Elizabeth Berg, author of The Dream Lover

Spanning seventy years and several continents, this enthralling novel tells the braided love story of three unforgettable characters. In 1946, Walter Westhaus, a German-Jewish refugee who spent the war years at Tagore’s ashram in India, arrives at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he meets Sol Kerem, a promising rabbinical student. A brilliant nonbeliever, Walter is the perfect foil for Sol’s spiritual questions . . . and an alluring paramour for Sol’s free-spirited fiancée, Rosalie. Months later they shatter their impossible bond, retreating to opposite sides of the country—Walter to pursue an academic career in Berkeley, and Sol and Rosalie to lead a congregation in suburban New York. A chance meeting years later reconnects them—catching three hearts and minds in a complex web of desire, heartbreak, and redemption. With extraordinary empathy and virtuosic skill, The Beautiful Possible considers the hidden boundaries of marriage and faith, and the mysterious ways we negotiate our desires.

“Enchanting. . . . Read it once for its story, again for its wisdom, and one more time for its poetry and truth.”—Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Jew in the Lotus and The History of Last Night’s Dream

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Happy Friday!!!! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb. I’d like to say a big thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and Harper Perennial for giving me the chance to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Beautiful Possible is a work of historical fiction. It is told in the perspectives of our three main characters Walter, Rosaline and Sol. Walter is a German Jew who has experienced great tragedy which prompts his exodus to India where he means Paul, a man who ultimately guides him to America. There he meets Sol and his fiancée Rosaline when Sol is studying to become a Rabbi. Throughout the book their lives intertwine in many, unexpected ways. I truly cannot even summarize everything that happens in this book, it was fascinating to me and I know this is a book that will stay with me.

I loved this book. I read it in a day so that in itself tells you how much I couldn’t put it down. It was gripping and beautiful. It was also a little sad. There’s quite a bit of tragedy in this book for all of our main characters which comes in a few forms like loss, forbidden love and the discovery of heartbreaking secrets. All losses in their own right.

Reading this book sort of reminded me of the reading experience I had of reading The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom which was one of my most favorite books of last year. The mood and tone of this book was very similar and the writing just as beautiful and I found myself rereading select sentences because of how beautiful they were.

I definitely recommend this book to historical fiction lovers although the historical fiction-y feeling is pretty light and the time actually spans up to 2003 which is fairly modern so the scope of this book is big, and it’s just beautiful. There is a definite historical setting and allusions to events but the story focuses much more on the relationships and lives of our three main characters. I ended up giving this book a five star review and I cannot wait to purchase the final copy so that I can place it in my personal collection and reread it!

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About Amy Gottlieb

Amy Gottlieb’s fiction and poetry have been published in many literary journals and anthologies, and she is the recipient of fellowships from the Bronx Council on the Arts and the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. She lives in New York City.