We are Brenda, Norma and Lindsay and we are The Traveling Sisters. We read and review together. We are the hosts to The Traveling Sisters & Friends Goodreads Reading Groups and The Traveling Friends Instagram Reading Group.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.
As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.
Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.
I can hardly believe that I have never read a novel by ALICE HOFFMAN before……….
What was I thinking and where have I been? Obviously not in the right section of the bookstore!
FAITHFUL by ALICE HOFFMAN was a spellbinding and beautifully told coming-of-age story that I devoured in two sittings which rarely happens for me as I normally don’t get that much time to read in a sitting!
Although I do find the embossed floral blue COVER of this book very attractive and pretty it isn’t the reason I chose this book to read. It was actually chosen for me to read by my thoughtful sister who bought this book and let me read it first. She is so nice! Thank you, Brenda!
To be totally honest while I was reading this novel I didn’t really discover any clues or figure out the reasoning behind why the author chose this particular TITLE for her book. I looked up the definition of FAITHFUL and it means loyal, constant, and steadfast. So I am taking a guess here that this is directed more to the anonymous postcards that Shelby received which had some motivational and inspirational sayings on them to help Shelby through her grief, survivor guilt, and recovery.
I really enjoyed the main CHARACTER (Shelby) and the relationships that were formed as we followed along her journey to see if she was able to have closure and forgive herself. I was captivated by ALICE HOFFMAN’S writing style here as I was never bored and she had me wanting to turn those pages rather quickly.
The ENDING was heartwarming, touching, and satisfying for another enjoyable read. Would recommend!!