Historical Fiction

Book Review – Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters by Emily Carpenter @EmilyDCarpenter #LakeUnionPublishing #bookreview

Book Details
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: None
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: 10/20/2020
Pages: 335 (paperback)

Goodreads Synopsis –

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 Opinion –

She has done it again! Emily Carpenter has written a story full of secrets and lies that will keep you reading until the bitter end!

Eve Candler helps to run the foundation in her beloved grandmother’s name Dove Jarrod. She adores her grandmother, but she is harboring a huge secret and should that secret get out it will destroy her grandmother’s legend. While a documentary is being filmed about Dove and the foundation, Eve is assaulted. The perpetrator means business and is threatening everything Eve holds near and dear to her heart!

Told in alternating time periods we learn who Dove was, from her daring escape from a psychiatric hospital, to the formation of the Hawthorn Sisters, and how she survived on her own. Eve is our present day storyline. She thought she knew all there was to know about her grandmother, but quickly discovers that there is a whole lot more to her than what she had originally thought.

I love Eve’s curiosity. She knows what she uncovers may destroy everything, but she forges forward determined to find the truth. Dove is quite the character. She is independent, driven, self-confident, and free-spirited. In the end Eve may have more in common with her grandmother than she realizes.

For an intriguing, atmospheric historical fiction mystery, you will not want to miss out on this book!

*Thank you Emily Carpenter, Sabrina Dax, and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

Other Emily Carpenter books I have read and reviewed:

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Until the Day I Die
Every Single Secret
The Weight of Lies

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