Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan
What’s it about?
This is the story of two sisters, Nora and Theresa, who immigrate from Ireland in the 1950’s and end up in South Boston. We follow the course of their lives and see how their decisions impact not only themselves, but the next generation.
What did it make me think about?
This was just a good old-fashioned family novel that pulls you in and does not let go until the final page. The weather here has turned cold and it was a joy to sit in front of the fire and follow the Rafferty family.
Should I read it?
This was a novel full of great characters. Like all families they have their secrets and their strengths. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. No major lessons imparted but it was a good read!
“Charlie had said you could make yourself over in America, Leave behind all that you didn’t like. Yet here she was, not yet to the front gate, and already it was clear that Nora was stuck with herself.”
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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
8 1/2 stars
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― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!