January 22, 2018

#BookReview: The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

About the Book:

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 experience 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.
 






Reviewed By: Lauren 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Recommended Age: Adult 
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian 
How I Acquired this book: Book Look Bloggers
Overall rating: ★★★
Goodreads | Amazon
About the Author:
International bestselling author Irma Joubert was a history teacher for 35 years before she began writing. Her stories are known for their deep insight into personal relationships and rich historical detail. She’s the author of eight novels and a regular fixture on bestseller lists in The Netherlands and in her native South Africa. She is the winner of the 2010 ATKV Prize for Romance Novels. Facebook: irmajoubertpage


Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Very inspiring story that will leave you in tears, but it was one that could have been better. 

Check out author's other books? Maybe
Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions:  Although I do not think that this will be a book for everyone it does a good job with the blend of historical WWII fiction as well as the Christian.  It was not overly preachy and the story flowed pretty well.  My biggest issue was that for most of the first part of the book it was all about Lettie's character growing up and learning her background.  I think that could have been cut down a lot as that part of the book dragged on just a little to much for my tastes.  As for once, the book picks up it was really good.  I loved Marco and hearing about his story was breathtaking and I was sucked into the pages at that point.  The historical information in this one was wonderfully spot on for what I wanted to read. With medical illnesses, and other things it was very interesting.  

Go Into This One Knowing: Slow paced then speeds up. Have tissues!! 
 









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