Friday, November 13, 2009
Last night I stayed up late to finish White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner. I am tired this morning but it was worth it. It was an engaging story with an interesting ending. This is the second book that I have read by Meissner. Her story telling has twists and turns and keeps you engaged until the last page.
White Picket Fences is a story of secrets. The story reveals that secrets can hurt those you love. It is also a story of Holocaust survivors, their story and their pain. This element of the books adds depth and meaning to the story.
God is not a main theme in the story, but it does reveal how God can help you in times of desperation.
Special thanks to Staci at Waterbrook Press for providing me with a review copy of White Picket Fences.
Here is a little more about the book from Waterbrook Press:
Amanda Janvier’s idyllic home seems the perfect place for her niece Tally to stay while her vagabond brother is in Europe, but the white picket fence life Amanda wants to provide is a mere illusion. Amanda’s husband Neil refuses to admit their teenage son Chase, is haunted by the horrific fire he survived when he was four, and their marriage is crumbling while each looks the other way.
Tally and Chase bond as they interview two Holocaust survivors for a sociology project, and become startlingly aware that the whole family is grappling with hidden secrets, with the echoes of the past, and with the realization that ignoring tragic situations won’t make them go away.
Readers of emotional dramas that are willing to explore the lies that families tell each other for protection and comfort will love White Picket Fences. The novel is ideal for those who appreciate exploring questions like: what type of honesty do children need from their parents, or how can one move beyond a past that isn’t acknowledged or understood? Is there hope and forgiveness for the tragedies of our past and a way to abundant grace?
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Going to curl up with another good book,