September 18, 2017

#BookReview: Anastasia's Book of Days by Cindy Maynard #Giveaway

 
From the vestiges of the Holy Roman Empire in Europe to the creation of the nation we now know as Germany, the life of Anastasia Burkart reflects the momentous changes sweeping across her beloved Black Forest homeland. As the oldest of several children, Anastasia takes care of her younger siblings, particularly when her mother struggles. She must grow up quickly. At the age of nine, her parents give her a leather-bound book of days, in which she may write what she sees, thinks, and feels. And as time goes on, she tells the story of her life-that of a never-wed mother of three in a conservative Catholic society. Hers is a story filled with strife, hardships, and love, spanning most of the nineteenth century. Based on Anastasia's purported diaries, this novel presents her life story, turning a family genealogy into the flesh and bones of a real woman who passed the family name down through the generations.







This book really pulled me quickly into the story.   I really loved how the book's voice got more mature as the story went on. It started out with the feel of a diary and then grew from there and that really made you feel how the character grew over time.  I wish more authors would learn to do this.  This one was a faster read with a great use of history.  I couldn't put it down and you could tell how much the author put into it.   

The story had a few twists and turns and I can't wait to check out something else from this author. 




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