Thursday, September 13, 2018

#BookTour: The Leaving Year by @PamMcGaffin @JeanBookNerd @BookSparks with #Giveaway

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: ShePress (BookSparks) 
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Historical Fiction 
About the Book:

A coming-of-age YA novel about the daughter of a Pacific Northwest fisherman, whose presumed drowning in 1967 has her searching for answers, including whether or not he’s really dead. 

As the Summer of Love comes to an end, 15-year-old Ida Petrovich waits for a father who never comes home. While commercial fishing in Alaska, he is lost at sea, but with no body and no wreckage, Ida and her mother are forced to accept a “presumed” death that tests their already strained relationship. While still in shock over the loss of her father, Ida overhears an adult conversation that shatters everything she thought she knew about him. This prompts her to set out on a search for the truth that takes her from her Washington State hometown to Southeast Alaska, where she works at a salmon cannery, develops love for a Filipino classmate, and befriends a Native Alaskan girl. In this wild, rugged place, she also begins to understand the physical and emotional bonds that took her father north and why he kept them secret—a journey of discovery that ultimately brings her family together and helps them heal. Insightful and heartfelt, The Leaving Year is a tale of love and loyalty, family and friendship, and the stories we tell ourselves in our search for meaning.

About the Author: 
Pam McGaffin is an award-winning former journalist who returned to her original passion of writing fiction after a long career in newspapers and public relations. Her short stories have appeared in online literary journals, and her articles and essays have been featured in newspapers and magazines. She and her family live in Seattle. This is her first novel. 




Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This one I thought I wasn't going to like but I ended up really loving it. 
Do I Recommend this book? If you don't mind slower titles then this one will work for you. 

Notes and Opinions:  The way this book was written it made all aspect of it wonderful. It was a little slower than I would have liked but for this book it really ended up working out well.  The background for this story was so breathtaking the author did a great job with bringing the story to life and allowing the reader on the ride.  The characters voices were real and alive on each page and the emotion that the author gave Ida felt so real. I would love another title to this one as it seemed that a few of the smaller plot points weren't answered but other than that this was a very enjoyable read for the end of summer. 

This coming of age story will have you wanting to curl up with a hot drink and think about family and friends. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Coming-of-age, Family, Alaska! 

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