The Year of Jubilee by Cindy Morgan // Review

My Review: 

A Southern coming-of-age story about love, loss, forgiveness, hope, and growing up in the early 1960's.

A character driven read set during a time when racial tensions were high, Grace Mockingbird is a young woman growing up in the South, estranged from her mother and trying to find her out path. One of the bright spots in her life is her younger brother Isaac, who is something of a prodigy. But when he takes sick, the eggshell-thin walls begin  to crumble even more. 

A well written read, with characters that detach themselves from the page with their sorrows and contradictions. We see a lot of folks acting out of their hurt, as well as others who despite all of their pain and suffering choose to lift others up and show kindness instead. I enjoyed the complex characters. 

I also found it interesting that this story was based loosely on the author's life, and her growing up years. 

Overall, this was a touching coming of age tale, more character driven, and Grace is a compelling voice. I loved getting to know the characters through her eyes, and I could understand why she made the choices that she did. Heartbreaking and healing, this book definitely takes you through an emotional gambit!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

1 comment:

  1. Hello, Faith. I apologize for hijacking your post on this really interesting-looking book, but I couldn't find another way to contact you.
    My name is Paula Peckham. I saw your name on one of the Celebrate Lit blog tours for new books. I write for Elk Lake Publishing, and I’m looking into setting up a similar program for Deb Haggerty there. Would you be interested in being on our list as a reviewer?


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