Rhode Island - 1934
Grace Picoletti has nothing going for her – but she’s determined to succeed in life, nonetheless. Born to severe destitution, she claws her way up from the pit of family shame and secrets. She avoids close friendships – even with the likable, persistent Paulie Giorgi...
Despite her own agonizing emotional pain, childless Emmeline Kinner reaches out to a young woman so far beneath her. She could never have known whom else God would set in her path through her friendship with Grace...
Long ago, Sarah Picoletti resigned herself to a loveless, abusive life – and she believes that her daughter Grace must inherit the same fate. Yet Sarah’s own soul cries out for the blessed peace and hope of which the radio minister speaks...
A multi-generational Christian women's novel set during the U.S. Great Depression of the 1930s. (Also appropriate for older teens.)
When I agreed to review this book and picked it up for the first time, I had no idea what would be waiting for me between the pages. This was a fantastic story. It’s more than the stories of the three women listed on the back cover: Grace, Emmeline, and Sarah. It’s the journey of a dozen characters – living, breathing characters that jump off the page and into your heart. As a reader, I felt their pain deeply and rejoiced when they triumphed over their circumstances.
I absolutely loved everything about this book. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it. I found it to be very authentic and well-researched. I felt like I’d slipped back in time to 1934 in Rhode Island. Alicia’s writing style is lyrical and haunting, perfect for the inspirational historical novel that she has penned.
Again, I truly enjoyed it. I’d give it ten stars if I could! Can’t wait to see her next book.
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased, honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)