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Unexpected Gifts

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Product DetailsUnexpected Gifts
By S.R. Mallery
Mockingbird Lane Press
Retail Price $16.95
Amazon Price: $16.00

Book Description: 

Can we learn from our ancestral past? Do our relatives behaviors help mold our own? In Unexpected Gifts, that is precisely what happens to Sonia, a confused college student, forever choosing the wrong man. Searching for answers, she begins to read her family’s diaries and journals from America’s past: the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and Timothy Leary era; Tupperware parties, McCarthyism, and Black Power; the Great Depression, dance marathons, and Eleanor Roosevelt; the immigrant experience and the Suffragists. Back and forth the book journeys weaving yesteryear with modern life until finally, she gains enough clarity to make the right choices.

Review

This is a wonderful novel.  Since the main character is a modern day college student, I am not sure I can classify it as historical fiction, but the family diaries she reads spans many generations so it definitely has an historical feel.  The author did a fantastic job blending the past and the present and weaving it into an interesting, thought-provoking story.  Through the main character, Sonia, the author shows us how our family’s past can be used to shape our future.  It was an intriguing tale.

~Reviewed by Denisse R.

 

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