Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: I Gave My Heart To Know This by Ellen Baker

"I Gave My Heart To Know This" is a very thought provoking story of women and how deeply they love, but also what they loose of themselves.  This is a family saga with great historical detail, transporting you to Wisconsin during WWII.  Baker does a great job with character development along with at few twists and turns that keep you devoted to turning the page. 
I truly enjoyed Ellen Bakers's first novel as well, "Keeping House", and look forward to her future novels. 
SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
In January 1944, Grace Anderson, Lena Maki, and Lena’s mother, Violet, have joined the growing ranks of women working for the war effort. Though they find satisfaction in their jobs at a Wisconsin shipyard, it isn’t enough to distract them from the anxieties of wartime, or their fears for the men they love: Lena’s twin brother, Derrick, and Grace’s high school sweetheart, Alex. When shattering news arrives from the front, the lives of the three women are pitched into turmoil. As one is pushed to the brink of madness, the others are forced into choices they couldn’t have imagined—and their lives will never be the same. 
More than five decades later, Violet’s great-granddaughter, Julia, returns to the small farmhouse where Violet and Lena once lived. Listless from her own recent tragedy, Julia begins to uncover the dark secrets that shattered her family, eventually learning that redemption—and love—can be found in the most unexpected places. 


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