Reading more: The Same Sky

book squareThe Same Sky by Amanda Eyer Ward was made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through NetGalley. The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

I realized that I have a bunch of reviews started but not finished so I’m going to start posting them once a week. If you don’t like them, I invite you to go check out fun things here or find me an awesome Listverse post.

Although I was excited to be reading so much again for a bit, I hit a book slump again and haven’t been reading as much as I’d like lately. It turns out there’s only so many hours in a day. Go figure.

One I recently finished was The Same Sky, by Amanda Eyer Ward. I didn’t recognize her name when it was sent to me, but I have also read her book, How to Be Lost which I also enjoyed.

From Amazon:

Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach.

Carla is a strong-willed young girl who’s had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla’s grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands—and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, facing great peril for the chance at a better life.

In this elegant novel, the lives of Alice and Carla will intersect in a profound and surprising way. Poignant and arresting, The Same Sky is about finding courage through struggle, hope amid heartache, and summoning the strength—no matter what dangers await—to find the place where you belong

The description above does not do this book justice but I can’t tell you much more without giving away too much of the story. It was interesting to explore issues of cancer, infertility, adoption, illegal immigrants, drug use and more through the eyes of personal experience rather than politically charged rhetoric.

I was so into the story and making sure that Carla was okay that I read this book in two sittings. (The second one being about 3 hours straight.) I loved this book even though I almost cried. My heart broke for both characters as their stories unfolded and then when you see how they come together I almost cried tears of happiness.

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that there are several traumatic events in this story and if recounts of sexual or physical abuse are difficult for you, this may not be a good book for you.

Is this a book you’d like to read? Do you like books that make you feel overly emotional or are you more of a lighthearted book reader? I generally prefer lighthearted books, but this was a great read.

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3 Responses to Reading more: The Same Sky

  1. I really think I would read this. I actually just wrote it down on the list of books that I have been forming, I am almost done with the Girl on the Train, and I have nothing new to read after that.

    I keep saying that I need to get over my BOOK obsession, and buy an e-reader. I have no room for these new books, and I really don’t want to throw away some of my favorites. Grrr… arrrg Just venting aloud.

  2. Pingback: Reading more: How to be lost | baking in my bathing suit

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