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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward



Release Date - January 20, 2015

Amanda Eyre Ward
Ballantine Books

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

After six-year-old Carla's mother left her children behind and headed to the U.S., young Carla has been the primary caregiver to her twin brothers. Her hopes are that her mother will return to Honduras for them or send for them to join her. Two things happen that start to change Carla's mind. One of her twin brothers is whisked away by strangers and then her grandmother dies. It's clear to Carla that she and her brother must flee their town and make the dangerous, illegal trip to Texas.

Meanwhile, in Texas, Jake and his wife Alice are prominent restaurant owners who are madly in love, but at the same time, know something is missing from their lives. Alice is a breast cancer survivor, and Jake has always been supportive of her, but it just doesn't feel like it's enough.

The Same Sky: A Novel is told from the viewpoints of both Carla and Alice. The chapters alternate and make it very clear as to who is speaking. Much of the story is really an in-depth look at how one person can have it all and still not feel it is enough, while someone from a completely different background would like only to survive to live another day.

I savored every page, wanting to know what happened next, what realizations the characters would come to. By the end, I did find myself upset that the book came to an end. I wanted more of this very emotional, very poignant look at life, love, and happiness.


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