Thursday, October 25, 2012

Things Remembered by Georgia Bockoven ~ TLC Blog Tour with review

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062195166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062195166

This book is also available as an e-book.

October 16, 2012
To face the future, a woman must let go of the past. . . .
Returning to her childhood home in the golden hills of Northern California means regret and pain for Karla Esterbrook. Yet she can’t refuse when her ailing grandmother, Anna, asks her to help settle her affairs. After all, Anna raised Karla and her younger sisters after their parents’ death twenty years before. But from the beginning a powerful clash of wills separated Karla and her grandmother, leaving them both bitter and angry.
Little does Karla know that a very determined Anna will do everything in her power to bridge the chasm between them. But can the wounds of the past truly be healed? For Karla, opening her heart could lead to more hurt—or perhaps to reconciliation . . . and a love the likes of which she has never known.

My take on this book:

After the death of their parents Heather, Karla and Grace were bounced around among relatives,until their last hope of staying together rested with their grandmother Anna, who raised them to adulthood. Karla never really got along with Anna, and for the last several years they have barely spoken. When Karla learns that her aunt is dying she decides to take a month and go visit Anna and help settle her estate. Little does she know that Anna has decided that she wants to try and heal the hurts of the past and make peace with her grand daughter.

This book was a bit slow to start for me, but once I got into the characters it became a family drama that pulled me in and kept me reading. Each sister had her own issues. Grace the youngest wants to be an actress, although things don't seem to be going very well. She seems to rely pretty heavily on Karla, it was as if Karla babied her, and in a sense I could understand why. Heather seems to be a bit jealous because of the relationship between Grace and Karla. Heather is pregnant, and Karla has been separated from her husband Jim for two and a half years, and if she was honest hopes that someday they might get back together, in the meantime Karla finds solace in running the coffee shop that she and Jim created together. When she asks Jim to run the coffee shop while she visits Anna, she finally realizes that they wont be getting back together, when Jim brings a woman with him to help him run the shop. While Karla is staying with Anna she meets someone else, and I couldn't help but hope that they might get together.

"Things Remembered" reminds us of the family ties that bind. If you enjoy reading family drama, where the characters are far from perfect, where the message of love and reconciliation are woven in should certainly read this story. While Georgia Bockoven is a new to me author, after reading this story I will certainly be looking for more of this authors work.

About the author:

Georgia Bockoven is an award-winning author who began writing fiction after a successful career as a freelance journalist and photographer. Her books have sold more than four million copies worldwide. The mother of two, she resides in Northern California with her husband, John.

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  1. This is a new to me author and the book sounds like it would be a great read. I've seen some good reviews of it.

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  2. Imperfect characters are my favorite as well...and I'll be looking for more by this author...she really pulled me in :)

  3. "love and reconciliation" are often, unfortunately, in short supply in many family situations, but that just makes it more pleasant to read about families who do have those emotions and experiences.

    Thanks for being on the tour.


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