25 Feb 2016

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Book Review / The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

In this heartrending and poignant novel, award-winning author Amanda Eyre Ward tells the story of Alice Conroe, a forty year old Texas barbecue owner who has the perfect life, except she and her husband long for a child. Unable to conceive, she’s trying desperately to adopt but her destiny is quickly altered by a young woman she’s never met.

Fearless thirteen-year-old Carla Trujilio is being raised by her grandmother in Honduras along with her four year old twin brothers. Her mother is sending money home from Texas where she’s trying to make a better life for her family, but she only has enough to bring one son to her. When Carla’s grandmother dies, Carla decides to take her fate into her own hands and embarks on a dangerous journey across the border with Junior, the twin left behind.

Two powerful journeys intersecting at a pivotal moment in time: Alice and Carla’s lives will be forever and profoundly changed. Heartbreaking, emotional, and arresting, this novel is about finding the courage to trail blaze your own path in life with faith, hope and love, no matter the struggle or the tragedy.

Published:    4th February 2016
Publisher:  Blackfriars
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher



MY REVIEW

What I loved about this story...    This was a very interesting book to read.  I went into it not really reading much about it and barely reading the description above.  After reading the quote from Jodi Picoult on the front (see picture above) I thought it would be a good idea to go into this knowing not much of the story.  I liked the way that this story is split into two different perspectives - one of Alice who cannot have children and one of Carla who has been abandoned by her mother and left with her brother and grandmother.  Very early on in the story, the grandmother dies leaving Carla to try to survive with her brother living in a very rough area where thieving is common place.  I liked how the story was split so one chapter we would read about Alice and the next about Carla and so on.  If I had to pick the story that I liked the most, it has to be Carla's.  Her story was the most interesting as after her grandmother dies she decides to take her brother and go and find her mother who lives a long way away (for reasons that are explained throughout the story).   

What I was not fond of with this story...   Unfortunately, I just could not connect with the characters in this story.  Even thought the plot was very good and I enjoyed finding out what happened next I just couldn't connect with the characters enough to really get invested in their story so when it came to a twist in the story near the end I kind of suspected that was going to happen and wasn't really the surprise than it was probably expected to be.

*** Trigger Warning ****
This story does contain aspects of assault, drug addiction and rape.   

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