Friday, November 3, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Crooked Path

About The Crooked Path

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 7, 2017)
From the bestselling author of The Girl From the Train, comes another compelling coming of age story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation in WWII-era South Africa.
Lettie has always felt different from and overshadowed by the women around her– this friend is richer, that friend is more beautiful, those friends are closer. Still, she doesn’t let this hold her back. She works hard to apply her mind, trying to compensate for her perceived lack of beauty with diligent academic work and a successful career as a doctor. She learns to treasure her friendships, but she still wonders if any man will ever return her interest.
Marco’s experiences in the second world war have robbed him of love and health. When winters in his native Italy prove dangerous to his health even after the war has ended, he moves to South Africa to be with his brother, husband to one of Lettie’s best friends. Marco is Lettie’s first patient, and their relationship grows as she aids him on the road back to restored health.
In the company of beloved characters from The Child of the River, Marco and Lettie find a happiness that neither of them thought possible. With that joy comes pain and loss, but Lettie learns that life—while perhaps a crooked path—is always a journey worth taking.

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Review: I've been in the mood for emotional reads. It didn't take very long to know that The Crooked Path is definitely one of those books. I cried my way through this one.

As you are introduced to Lettie, you really feel her inadequacy, even though she is a very smart woman. Her friends are always making her feel that she isn't up to snuff because she's not as beautiful or wealthy or popular as her other friends. It doesn't help that she has a crush on a guy that would never look at her in the way that she wants him too.

Marco is an Italian Catholic in love with a pretty Jewish girl.

The time period is WWII, so you know that there is going to be heartbreak there even though Marco does his best to protect them from the Nazis. His story is the one that will rip your heart out, toss it on the floor and then stomp all over it.

This man goes through hell, protecting the woman he loves as well as her family, only to lose all and then become deathly sick, which is what leads him to South Africa and lettie.

Through a crooked path, a theme that is recurring throughout this book, Lettie and Marco find one another and they find love.  I love the quote “Years ago my mom told me life sometimes leads you along a strange crooked path, but in the end it will always take you where you’re supposed to be.”"

There's a lot of truth to that quote, especially as you see the crooked path that Lettie takes, as she helps her town and then her family battle polio.

The only thing that bothered me was Lettie's self esteem and the focus on how she couldn't be beautiful if she wasn't slim.

There is much heartache in this story, but the story comes full circle at the end.  I was glad Lettie had a little bit more happiness in her life agai.

This was one of the most beautiful books I've read this year.

Rating: 5 flowers



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