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I loved reading this book. It was a very deep and meaningful story of life, love and sadness. I was reaching for my tissues in parts of this book. I loved the ending.I am looking forward to reading Mae Woods' other books.
What a riveting read GENEALOGY by Mae Wood is! I was thoroughly engrossed in Elliott and Alice’s romance; a chance meeting, a few days’ acquaintanceship and several years of communication only by letters during a tumultuous time in world history.
Letter writing is definitely a lost art form and I love reading books in epistolary form because it’s a chance to recapture that time. Not only does the language fascinate me, it’s also the news and topics people chose to write about and share. And in Genealogy we see Elliott writing to Alice all about their future life and the steps he is taking to ensure she never regrets choosing him. We know their shared life never eventuates, which makes reading his letters all the more poignant and bittersweet.
In present day Kansas City, it’s Ali, the great granddaughter of Alice who reads the letters and decides to research Elliott’s life and hopefully discover why he and Alice remained apart. This project comes at a vulnerable time in Ali’s romantic life and family life. It was good to be able to get into the mind of Ali because often, we can only guess at Elliott and Alice’s thoughts. I enjoyed the parallels between the past and present and how similar issues are managed so differently based on the values and opportunities available at the time.
The entire book is great but a special mention needs to go out to that epilogue. Ugh! It killed me! Especially when…. oh, sorry. No spoilers from me. You’ll just have to read the book.
GEANOLOGY is a beautiful story of love, loss, hope and adventure across time and across oceans. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
As an amateur family historian, I often choose genealogy based novels to read. The vague title certainly didn't give much away and the fact that it was an American story didn't fill me with much confidence that I would like it either.
How wrong could I be? This has to be one of the most moving and fascinating novels I have read in a long time. I just loved the way it was written from three different characters' viewpoints, and it all flowed so well between the different eras. I was so entranced I read it in double quick time for me.
I was happy with the ending and with the slight twist towards the end. And to know that it was based on a true family story made it even more entrancing for me.
I fact, in the words of Mary Poppins, it was "practically perfect"
I loved the premise of this book, finding a little piece of history and being absorbed by the story.
I thought this was beautifully written, taking you from past to present and back again through various viewpoints. We see the letters from Elliot to Alice in the early 1900's as they maintained a long distance relationship having met and known one another for such a short time, seeing the obstacles in their way but also the strength of their feelings. I was swept away by the romance of it all.
I liked how the feelings the letters evoked in Ali in the present influenced her choices, how she decided what she was really looking for.
There were some emotional bumps along the way, a story of love and loss, of choices, and the power of friendship and knowing your own worth. A blend of contemporary and historical romance.
I'd been reading recommendations about this book for weeks before I finally gave in to curiosity and downloaded it. It's a beautiful, thought provoking story based on real love letters. Knowing the authors of the letters didn't end up together added to the poignancy of their story. I loved the parallels of the modern day romance, where their descendents corresponded through email and texts. Definitely recommend if you want to read a romantic novel with a difference!