Friday, December 26, 2014

The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

The Same Sky
by Amanda Eyre Ward

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780553390506
Genre: Women's Fiction|Suspense
Print Length: 288 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

A beautiful, powerful novel about motherhood, desire, and faith set amongst the changing lives of Americans along the border, from the author of How to Be Lost, “America’s best-kept literary secret” (Bookpage). For reader’s of Orphan Train and The Language of Flowers.

In this heartrending and poignant novel, award-winning author Amanda Eyre Ward tells the story of Alice Conroe, a forty year old Texas barbecue owner who has the perfect life, except she and her husband long for a child. Unable to conceive, she’s trying desperately to adopt but her destiny is quickly altered by a young woman she’s never met.

Fearless thirteen-year-old Carla Trujilio is being raised by her grandmother in Honduras along with her four year old twin brothers. Her mother is sending money home from Texas where she’s trying to make a better life for her family, but she only has enough to bring one son to her. When Carla’s grandmother dies, Carla decides to take her fate into her own hands and embarks on a dangerous journey across the border with Junior, the twin left behind.

Two powerful journeys intersecting at a pivotal moment in time: Alice and Carla’s lives will be forever and profoundly changed. Heartbreaking, emotional, and arresting, this novel is about finding the courage to trail blaze your own path in life with faith, hope and love, no matter the struggle or the tragedy.

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The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward

Alice and Jake have been blessed with living the American Dream through hard work and the deep love they feel for each other. When in college, Alice was diagnosed with cancer. Medical science saved her life, but left her infertile and craving the child she could not bear. When adoption became the answer to her prayers, fate and a young mother’s change of heart stole her brief joy from her.

Carla is a pre-teen, living in poverty and constant danger in Honduras. Her mother has gone to America to start a new life to bring her family over, but as time passes, and she cannot stop her brother from finding dangerous and illegal ways to assuage his hunger. Bravely undertaking the journey to the American border, hoping to illegally pass into the land that promises so much, Carla discovers the brutal truths about the evil one man can bestow on another. She has been separated from her brother when the hypnotic call of the sirens of drugs led him astray. Going on alone, her journey leads her to her mother, whose life is not what Carla thought it would be. Discovering she is pregnant, through a vile and degrading rape, she must decide what future she wants for her unborn child.

Two women, from worlds so polar opposite, both mothers of the heart, will entwine their lives in the most unselfish of ways for the good of an innocent child. But will Carla be able to part with her child?
The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward goes beyond an emotional maze of heartbreak and pain, into a world where drams that may be shattered can be repaired, but is that true for everyone? Is it possible that one woman’s pain will heal another’s? Will this bittersweet story of love and sacrifice find an uplifting end?

Get ready for the tear wrenching journeys these two women take on the way to their paths crossing and entwining forever as the proof of the all-encompassing nature of a mother’s love is exposed to it’s very core.

I felt like my heart was being flayed to its very core as each piece of the story is ripped open and lies bleeding before your eyes. Beautifully written, allowing the reader to feel and visualize each step of the way, Ms. Ward weaves details together with heart and emotion while blending fact and fiction into a story that will stay with you for a long time to come.

I received an ARC edition from Ballantine Books in exchange for my honest review.

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