Publisher: NAL Trade| Penguin
Pages: 400 Pages
Source: From publisher
Reason: For review
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After the birth of her daughter Emma, the usually resilient Majella finds herself feeling isolated and exhausted. Then, at her childhood home in Queens, Majella discovers the diary of her maternal ancestor Ginny—and is shocked to read a story of murder in her family history.
With the famine upon her, Ginny Doyle fled from Ireland to America, but not all of her family made it. What happened during those harrowing years, and why does Ginny call herself a killer? Is Majella genetically fated to be a bad mother, despite the fierce tenderness she feels for her baby? Determined to uncover the truth of her heritage and her own identity, Majella sets out to explore Ginny’s past—and discovers surprising truths about her family and ultimately, herself.
I have heard tremendous things about Jeanine Cummins' The Outside Boy but had never had the pleasure to read it..To many books, so little time, right? Well, I can assure you that will be about to change! After devouring The Crooked Branch, I am eager to delve into the author's previous work!
The winter season is my favourite time to curl up to some great intense reads. The Crooked Branch did not fall short in my expectations. First of all, I must praise the authors writing. She plucked me from my busy every day life, and provided me with a wonderful escape. The thrilling reading experience that this novel provided was unlike anything I've experienced in a long time. No matter what hectic day I was having, I knew I had a wonderful escape waiting for me at home! With her elegant writing style, Majella's and Ginny's world swirls around you, and leaps off the pages. You can't help but devour this story and fly through the pages.
It's always nice when the Characters can match up with the Storyline, and that is definitely the case with The Crooked Branch. With an intense story, the author crafted powerful, diverse characters. Majella is proof that you don't have to like the main character all the time, There were times that I was angry and frustrated with Majella, and I love the fact the the author was able to rise those emotions out of me. There were also many moments that had me reaching for a Kleenex or two. It made the reading experience that more wonderful.
Ginny's story was utterly fascinating. I loved the historical fiction aspect of her portion of the story.
The Crooked Branch is a must read for any fiction lover. You will be quickly pulled in and devour this novel!