I've been so bad at updating as I read, so now I have to do three books all in one review. Sorry about that.
Love this author and this was a good book from him. Not my favorite, but still a good read and I was interested the whole time. An abusive husband and his wife are found dead in what appears to be a murder/suicide, leaving their only daughter, teenage Kate, an orphan. It takes place in a small town in New England and the local pastor is somehow connected in the whole mess. I don't want to give too much away because it is written as sort of a mystery. You wonder what actually happened that night and as you get further into the story, you start to suspect everyone.
I only tried this book because the description on my Kindle and on the Barnes and Noble website was so mysterious. Click on the book to see what I mean. So, I tried it and was really interested at first. Then, it started to kind of drag on a bit. It's a VERY serious book so if you don't do heartbreak and violence very well, it's probably not for you. The concept of the book was very interesting, dealing with a Nigerian refugee fleeing to England on a cargo ship because of the awful things that happened to her family and her village. It just seemed to lose steam towards the second half. Still a pretty good read and made me really think about how many people in the world suffer on a daily basis.
I just finished this one and I REALLY liked it. It's a story of a young girl coming of age in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1930s. She dreams of becoming a singer and making it big in Nashville. She falls head over heels in love with a local pastor and soon starts to question whether she'll be able to live out her dream as a singer or live up to her husband's strict expectations. You'll meet a lot of lovable characters and the author does such a great job of describing the local community that you'll feel like you've been there. I highly recommend this one.