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Traveling Sisters Group Read Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires EverywhereLittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Group Read Review by Brenda, Norma, Susanne, Jennifer, Kendall, Melissa and Holly

Little Fires Everywhere is a remarkable, sensitive, insightful and beautifully told story that shines a light on parenthood, class, race and familial relationships.

This story follows two very different women and their families over the course of a year. Mia and her daughter Pearl rent an apartment from Mrs. Richardson who lives in the affluent and perfectly planned neighbourhood of Shaker Heights. We soon learn how different their lives and backgrounds are from one another by how they raise their children and how different their relationships are that they have with their children.

Mia is artistic and a free spirit who makes art and not money who is always moving from place to place while Mrs. Richardson is comfortably stable. We think both women had good intentions for their actions and we think you could see by the way they grew up how that influenced their principles and decisions.

Ng does a fantastic job with the character development allowing us to really get to know each character and see how really different they are from one another. We found it remarkable in how skillfully she allowed us to see the story from two very different sides and from the two very different women. As the story progresses we really liked how our feelings changed about some of the characters as we were learning more about them. We loved how Ng had such a knack at intertwining all the characters and how she really took the time with each character so we could really get to know them. That is where we think she really shines!

Celeste Ng delivers an emotionally complex multi-layered rich family drama here that was deeply impressive with a few different themes interwoven into the storyline which we thought she did an absolutely fantastic job with that had most of us swooning over her ability to provoke such strong feelings from us.

Highly recommend Little Fires Everywhere as it left some of us wanting more from the author and we will be reading Everything I Never Told You in the near future and for some sisters who have read it will be rereading it.

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Celeste Ng, and Penguin Press for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book to read and review.

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Review by Norma: The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

The Life She Was GivenThe Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN by ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN was a moving, haunting, and heartbreaking tale with an intriguing and engaging storyline that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I have a fascination for circus themed books and this one kept me entertained and spellbound right to the very end.

ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN delivers a vivid, descriptive, and well-written read here with some uncomfortable and cringe worthy scenes that were difficult to read at times. The story is told in alternating perspectives of two very different and remarkable young women from Lilly Blackwood in the 1930’s and Julia Blackwood in the 1950’s.  I enjoyed both perspectives and stories equally. How these two women are connected to each other and their stories is the beauty of this novel.

To sum it all up it was heart-wrenching, sad, hopeful, and a compelling fast-paced read with an ending that I found to be totally satisfying and shocking.  I also love that cover and the title of this book and found both to be extremely fitting to this novel.  Would recommend!!!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Kensington Books, and Ellen Marie Wiseman for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.