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Review: The Same Sky

March 12, 2015

The Same Sky

Alice and Jake own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas and are trying to get over the heartbreak of a failed adoption.  Alice desperately wants children but thinks it might be time to give up that dream.

Eleven year old Carla lives in Honduras and she’s trying to hold things together for herself and her six year old brother until their mother can earn enough money for them to join her in America.

These two strong females will play a part in each other’s lives in a way neither could have imagined.

The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward alternates between Alice’s story and Carla’s story.  They’re both strong, determined, and hard working but that’s where their similarities end.  Alice has a solid middle class life and is an important part of her community and family while Carla lives in horrific poverty and is struggling to keep herself and her younger brother alive until they can join their mother in America.

Even though this book was somewhat predictable, I thought it was terrific!  Ward writes with heart and emotion and she had me fully invested in the characters and their stories.  I felt their pain and longed for things to go their way.  There was enough tension in the story to keep me flipping the pages as fast as I could.  The Same Sky made me think and has stuck with me and I think it would generate great discussions for book clubs.  If you enjoy women’s fiction, be sure to pick this book up!

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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22 Comments leave one →
  1. March 12, 2015 6:40 am

    This sounds like a thought-provoking and timely novel, Kathy. Thanks for the review. I’m tempted!

  2. Diane permalink
    March 12, 2015 6:56 am

    I’ve wanted to read this one as well Kathy. Glad that you liked it.

  3. March 12, 2015 7:20 am

    Sounds like a good book, Kathy.

  4. Diane (@bookchickdi) permalink
    March 12, 2015 8:11 am

    I have this one on my bookshelf, I must start reading it.

  5. March 12, 2015 8:17 am

    I read another glowing review of this one (Running N Reading). My March is packed, but maybe I’ll try to fit it in later in the year.

  6. March 12, 2015 8:47 am

    Wow, pretty high praise from you!

  7. March 12, 2015 9:10 am

    Well, the fact that the protagonist lives in Austin and has a BBQ restaurant certainly sets a true to life scenario. LOL

    Actually, the author lives in the Austin area too. I’ve been meaning to pick this one up and take a look at it. Think it might work well in between some mysteries. Thanks for your thoughts.

  8. March 12, 2015 9:16 am

    The contrast between the two women must be key to the story. Making it so interesting

  9. March 12, 2015 11:34 am

    It does sound like a lovely story, Kathy!

  10. boardinginmyforties permalink
    March 12, 2015 11:50 am

    Sometimes predictable is not a Bad thing. This one sounds interesting with the two, strong female characters overcoming.

  11. Literary Feline permalink
    March 12, 2015 12:25 pm

    I enjoy Amanda Eyre Ward’s writing style and am looking forward to reading this one.

  12. March 12, 2015 1:46 pm

    I really would like to get to this one. I have seen more than one person rave about it!

  13. Patty permalink
    March 12, 2015 4:43 pm

    Yes! I loved it, too!

  14. March 12, 2015 5:19 pm

    Terrific is good 😀

  15. March 13, 2015 1:30 am

    This one sounds good. And I love fiction that stays with me after I’ve finished it.

  16. March 13, 2015 7:49 am

    This sounds like a really good story!

  17. March 13, 2015 11:34 am

    Thanks for the review Kathy! I received this ARC also, but just haven’t gotten to it yet.

  18. March 13, 2015 11:26 pm

    Looks good!

  19. Beth F permalink
    March 14, 2015 8:07 am

    Oh I missed this one totally but sounds really good. Predictable doesn’t bother me when the characters and the story are good.

  20. March 14, 2015 7:52 pm

    I loved this book too!! So happy you enjoyed.

  21. March 15, 2015 2:24 pm

    I haven’t heard of this author before. sounds like a good one.

  22. bookingmama permalink
    March 24, 2015 8:42 pm

    I definitely need to read this one. I love this author!

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