The past is never as past as we’d like to think
When journalist Elizabeth Balsam is asked to deliver a box of old photos to a relative she didn’t know she had, the strange request seems like it isn’t worth her time. But as she explores her great-aunt’s farmhouse with its locked doors and hidden graves, she soon discovers just how dramatically some of the most newsworthy events of the previous two centuries shaped her own family. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilience, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding.
Take an emotional journey through time–from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to Michigan’s Underground Railroad during the Civil War–to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.
My thoughts and giveaway:
So many things to love about this book and author.
First, I can’t believe this is a debut book. It was AMAZING. So well written. It will grab your heart as well as your interest.
Also, Erin is from Michigan, so am I. I enjoyed reading a book that takes place in Detroit. I will admit I don’t spend much time there but reading this book certainly gave me a different perspective. I never think about the racism that took place and still takes place in the world and so close to where I live. My small community doesn’t have much diversity, so I am somewhat sheltered.
We are in three different time periods in this book and I found myself reading without being able to be put the book down because I had to see what would happen next to the character I haven’t heard from in three chapters.
Erin made it so you care about each of the three woman you read about. Although, I did struggle with Mary a bit, but you would have to read the book to see why.
I highly recommend this book, it is very different from other books I have read and I LOVED it!!
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