Monday, February 13, 2017

Show me a Kindness; Nancy Brandon

Genre: Historical Fiction
Publish Date: Feb. 7th, 2017


Hello Fellow Readers,

This book, man did this book make me feel. Considering the era this book takes place in I had to set aside my current beliefs and how I feel about certain topics to fully immerse myself into this book. Once I did I was able to fully commit myself to the book, and boy am I glad that I did.

Marthanne/Oma are two incredible personalities in one package. They are complete opposites of each other but have to communicate (despite seeing each other face to face), most of the book is trying to make this work, while also facing the complications or being mentally ill in an era where not much was known. Comfort was a incredible delight, she was such a warm-hearted but logical person. She was the rationale, the person with the most reason and surprisingly the most understanding with what was going on with everyone.

I also really loved Royce, I'm really glad the author didn't take him down the road I thought he was going to go down. Brandon did an amazing job on her research and giving her characters life. At first the multiple point of views really bothered me, I thought 'oh great another story I have to try and keep track of all the characters', by the end of the book I knew everyone pretty well and I never once had to go back a chapter to remember any of the characters.

I had wished the ended was different, it sort of broke my heart with what every one of these characters went through. Although the ending pretty much tore me up, it actually left me with some peace of mind. Brandon's ending was realistic, something you get too much everyday. I once even had to remind myself that this was fiction and I was not reading someone's memoirs.

In the end I am so glad I read this book despite the heaviness of it's contents.I'll be on the lookout for more of Brandon's work since I've enjoyed this one so much.

*Thanks to Netgalley for letting me read this book for a honest review*

About The Author

Nancy Brandon grew up in middle Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia. For the past twenty years, she has taught college English in Savannah, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her first novel, Dunaway's Crossing, was the finalist for the Georgia Author of the Year Award.

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