Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Heirlooms by Sandra Byrd, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Author: Sandra Byrd
Release Date: July 5, 2022
Genre: Dual Timeline Fiction, Christian
Answering a woman’s desperate call for help, young Navy widow Helen Devries opens her Whidbey Island home as a refuge to Choi Eunhee. As they bond over common losses and a delicate, potentially devastating secret, their friendship spans the remainder of their lives.
After losing her mother, Cassidy Quinn spent her childhood summers with her gran, Helen, at her farmhouse. Nourished by her grandmother’s love and encouragement, Cassidy discovers a passion that she hopes will bloom into a career. But after Helen passes, Cassidy learns that her home and garden have fallen into serious disrepair. Worse, a looming tax debt threatens her inheritance. Facing the loss of her legacy and in need of allies and ideas, Cassidy reaches out to Nick, her former love, despite the complicated emotions brought by having him back in her life.
Cassidy inherits not only the family home but a task, spoken with her grandmother’s final breaths: ask Grace Kim—Eunhee’s granddaughter—to help sort through the contents of the locked hope chest in the attic. As she and Grace dig into the past, they unearth their grandmothers’ long-held secret and more. Each startling revelation reshapes their understanding of their grandmothers and ultimately inspires the courage to take risks and make changes to own their lives.
Set in both modern-day and midcentury Whidbey Island, Washington, this dual-narrative story of four women—grandmothers and granddaughters—intertwines across generations to explore the secrets we keep, the love we pass down, and the heirlooms we inherit from a well-lived life.
“This is women’s fiction as it is meant to be written with intriguing characters making decisions that ripple through generations.” – Library Journal, starred review
IN MY OPINION
Heirlooms by Sandra Byrd does not follow the usual formula for dual-time stories. Readers aren’t switching between timelines every other chapter. Instead, Byrd gives readers a few chapters in each timeline (1950s and present day), which really lets you immerse yourself in that era. It works really well for this book.
There is a lot packed into these pages—prejudice, widowhood, friendship, family, food, gardening, flowers, romance, and even a small mystery. I tend to gravitate more toward the modern storylines in dual time reads, but that was not the case with this book. It was the friendship that quickly forms between Helen and Eunhee that struck deepest in my heart. Helen is so open and welcoming of Eunhee from the beginning and the two women learn from and support each other in such a way that their friendship is planted deep and blooms throughout their lives.
My favorite part of the modern-day plot was Cassidy’s quick and easy acceptance of working with differently abled people. She is not only willing to hire then, she understands them and does her best to put her at ease.
Once in a while the pace slowed throughout the book, but those lags were short and before long, I was drawn into the story again. Heirlooms has a little bit of something for all readers to enjoy and has strong messages (yes, multiple ones) throughout that all of us should aspire to embrace.
Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bestselling author Sandra Byrd continues to earn both industry acclaim and high praise from readers everywhere. The author of more than fifty books, her work has received many awards, nominations, and accolades, including the Historical Novel Society’s Editor’s Choice award, two Christy Award nominations, Two Library Journal Best Book selections, and inclusion on Booklist’s Top Ten Inspirational Books of the Year list. Her traditionally published books include titles by Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, Tyndale House Publishers, WaterBrook Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and Bethany House. She’s also an independent author.
Sandra loves walking, the beach, cooking and baking, photography, watching Escape to the Country, Fake or Fortune, and Chef’s Table, as well as spending time with family and friends – real and fictional!
Connect with Sandra at www.sandrabyrd.com, www.sandrabyrdbookcoach.com, or through social media platforms.
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