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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.


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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