Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Review: The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris


In this richly emotional novel, acclaimed author Kristina McMorris evokes the depth of a mother’s bond with her child, and the power of personal histories to echo through generations.
Two years have done little to ease veterinarian Audra Hughes’s grief over her husband’s untimely death. Eager for a fresh start, Audra plans to leave Portland for a new job in Philadelphia. Her seven-year-old son, Jack, seems apprehensive about flying—but it’s just the beginning of an anxiety that grows to consume him.
As Jack’s fears continue to surface in recurring and violent nightmares, Audra hardly recognizes the introverted boy he has become. Desperate, she traces snippets of information unearthed in Jack’s dreams, leading her to Sean Malloy, a struggling US Army veteran wounded in Afghanistan. Together they unravel a mystery dating back to World War II, and uncover old family secrets that still have the strength to wound—and perhaps, at last, to heal. 
Certain stories grab you and hold you tight.  Others are ones you wish would never end. Others are stories that have the most captivating story, others engrossing characters.  The Pieces We Keep has all that and so much more.  I was so wrapped up in all the layers that I lost track of time and become part of the story myself.  The Pieces We Keep is a 5 star hit!!!!

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