Sunday, November 1, 2020

Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters by Emily Carpenter ~ My Thoughts #RevivingTheHawthornSisters

Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters

Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters by Emily Carpenter
Print & ebook, 332 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing

The bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls returns to uncover a faith healer’s elusive and haunted past.

Dove Jarrod was a renowned evangelist and faith healer. Only her granddaughter, Eve Candler, knows that Dove was a con artist. In the eight years since Dove’s death, Eve has maintained Dove’s charitable foundation—and her lies. But just as a documentary team wraps up a shoot about the miracle worker, Eve is assaulted by a vengeful stranger intent on exposing what could be Dove’s darkest secret: murder…

Tuscaloosa, 1934: a wily young orphan escapes the psychiatric hospital where she was born. When she joins the itinerant inspirational duo the Hawthorn Sisters, the road ahead is one of stirring new possibilities. And with an obsessive predator on her trail, one of untold dangers. For a young girl to survive, desperate choices must be made.

Now, to protect her family, Eve will join forces with the investigative filmmaker and one of Dove’s friends, risking everything to unravel the truth behind the accusations against her grandmother. But will the truth set her free or set her world on fire?

My thoughts about Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First lines—"This was how she knew the end was near."

This story grabbed me from the prologue—a dying old woman facing her past. I just had to find out more about her life!

I've read several other books by Emily Carpenter and have always loved the suspense and drama that she puts into her stories. This one did not disappoint. There was plenty of intrigue, secrets, good, and evil to make this a a page-turner that you will race to get through, while not wanting it to end. 

I had not read the companion novel to this one, Burying the Honeysuckle Girls, so I did go back and read that one before I started Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters. You wouldn't have to, to enjoy this story but I'm glad I did, just to get a little bit of the back story of some of the characters. 

Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters was an exciting read and I'm always thrilled to start one of Emily's books. This one is one of her best! 

I received a copy of Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters from NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Emily Carpenter, a former actor, producer, screenwriter, and behind-the-scenes soap opera assistant, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she now lives in Georgia with her family. You can visit Emily online at ~ Amazon

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