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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thanksgiving by Ellen Cooney

Release Date - September 2013

Ellen Cooney

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Thanksgiving is a book that is going to stick with me for some time. I liked that each chapter was its own short story. There were times when the main character's story didn't pull me in as well as others, but the separation of time periods made it easy to put the book down, refresh, and then pick it back up.

 The book begins in 1662. Patience Morley is newly married, pregnant, and her relationship with her in-laws seems tedious at best. It's clear that while the couple were forced to marry, Caleb's father is not thrilled by this pairing. This is the start of the Massachusetts' Morley's that become the focal point of Thanksgiving.

Each chapter moves forward about a decade in time, working all the way up to present day. Along the way, the family lore is passed from one generation to the next. Families, particularly the woman telling each chapter, are all busy getting ready for Thanksgiving, so food usually makes an appearance, too. Family joys, tragedies, and triumphs all have their part in this book.

Anyone with a history in genealogy will adore Thanksgiving. I've read stories written by ancestors and the book captures the amazement I've felt while reading true accounts of things my ancestors have experienced. In the end, Thanksgiving made me think of those stories and how easy it is for people to forget what others went through to give us the freedom we have today.

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