A Father’s Deceit
A Husband’s Betrayal
A Loved One’s Death
A Mother’s Choice
A Daughter’s Resentment
A Time to Forgive
For every daughter who thinks she knows her mother’s story…
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I was immediately drawn into this story and couldn't stop thinking about it until I turned the very last satisfying page. There were a few things that surprised me while reading this one.
- I've been blown away by debut books this year....literally blown away and this one is no exception!
- There is no way that I could've survived out in the prairie. My hats off to all of the pioneer men and women who braved the elements and were able to carve out a life for themselves in this harsh and unforgiving landscape.
- Weather is deceitful. One minute the sun is shining and the next thing you know locusts are blocking out the sun and descending from what seems like nowhere to eat and destroy everything you've worked so hard to acquire.
- The Children's Blizzard of 1888 is harrowing...reading about it scared me.
- Being a mother was a cruel and thankless job. There was so much heartbreak for a woman...I just don't know if I would have been strong enough to endure this life.
Recommend? Absolutely!!! For those that have an ereader this book is only 99 cents!!! It will be the best dollar you spend....I guarantee it! I judge a book on whether or not it elicits emotion from me...this one did!
Author: Kathleen Shoop
Published: May 2011Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 367Genre: Gripping Historical Fiction
ISBN: 978-1456347208*Uncorrected Advance Copy Kathleen Shoop is a Language Arts Coach with a PhD in Reading Education. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children. Kathleen has published stories in four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, writes regularly in Pittsburgh Magazine and has contributed articles to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. The Last Letter is her debut novel.
Disclaimer:Thank you to Jessica @ Booksparkspr.com for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel
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