Amanda Janvier’s idyllic home seems the perfect place for her niece Tally to stay while her vagabond brother is in Europe, but the white picket fence life Amanda wants to provide is a mere illusion. Amanda’s husband Neil refuses to admit their teenage son Chase, is haunted by the horrific fire he survived when he was four, and their marriage is crumbling while each looks the other way.
Tally and Chase bond as they interview two Holocaust survivors for a sociology project, and become startlingly aware that the whole family is grappling with hidden secrets, with the echoes of the past, and with the realization that ignoring tragic situations won’t make them go away.
Readers of emotional dramas that are willing to explore the lies that families tell each other for protection and comfort will love White Picket Fences. The novel is ideal for those who appreciate exploring questions like: what type of honesty do children need from their parents, or how can one move beyond a past that isn’t acknowledged or understood? Is there hope and forgiveness for the tragedies of our past and a way to abundant grace?
This book was AMAZING! I loved it. Some of my favorite books are family dramas and I really enjoy history. Let me tell you this book has it all! This is a great book that really makes you question just how secrets effect people. What lies beyond that idyllic white picket fence? I also loved how this was a very Christ oriented book. Throughout the story, the characters are asked to put their faith in God. Can they give up their control and as the saying goes "Let Go and Let God"? You can get your own copy of White Picket Fences here.
*Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book for free for review. The above opinion is my own.*