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Between Before and After Read this review andon my blog.The Book Return Blog I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Elaine is the child of poor Irish immigrants She is growing up in turn of the century New York City When Elaine s mother dies from the Spanish flu, Elaine struggles to keep her family togetherElaine s daughter, Molly, is growing up in 1950 s San Jos , California She is The carnage began with the roses She hacked at their ruffled blooms until they dropped into monstrous drifts of red on the parched yellow lawn Only two things kept my mother grounded to us my uncle Stephen and stories Fourteen year old Molly worries about school, friends, and her parents failed marriage, but mostly about her mother s growing depression Molly knows her mother is nursing a carefully kept secret A writer with an obsession for other people s life stories, Elaine Donnelly is the poster child of repressed emotionsMolly spends her California summer alternately watching out for her little brother Angus and tip toeing around her mother s raw feelings Molly needs her mother than ever, but Elaine shuts herself off from real human connections and buries herself in the lives and deaths of the strangers she writes about When Uncle Stephen is pressed into the limelight because of his miracle cure of a young man, Elaine can no longer hide behind other people s stories And as Molly digs into her mother s past, she finds a secret hidden in her mother s dresser that may be the key to unlocking a family mystery dating toNew York a secret that could destroy or save their future ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Poltergeist (Greywalker, Author Kat Richardson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk friends ➣ [Epub] ➝ OBaby By Geoffrey Johnson ➭ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and her parents failed marriage ❰Download❯ ➽ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, Author Pamela Clare – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk but mostly about her mother s growing depression Molly knows her mother is nursing a carefully kept secret A writer with an obsession for other people s life stories ❥ [KINDLE] ❂ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses By Ernesto Bravo Estrada ➢ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Elaine Donnelly is the poster child of repressed emotionsMolly spends her California summer alternately watching out for her little brother Angus and tip toeing around her mother s raw feelings Molly needs her mother than ever ❴EPUB❵ ✺ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Author Ellen Connor – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk but Elaine shuts herself off from real human connections and buries herself in the lives and deaths of the strangers she writes about When Uncle Stephen is pressed into the limelight because of his miracle cure of a young man [KINDLE] ❅ The Good Daughter ❥ Karin Slaughter – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Elaine can no longer hide behind other people s stories And as Molly digs into her mother s past [Read] ➵ Crysis Author Peter Watts – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk she finds a secret hidden in her mother s dresser that may be the key to unlocking a family mystery dating toNew York a secret that could destroy or save their future Take a trip into the past with Maureen Doyle McQuerry s Between Before After Alternating between the experiences of mother and daughter, it explores the good and the bad family, loss, depression, betrayal, hope, and love and proves entirely engaging.In 1955, Molly Donnelly is in need of her mother Yet, thanks to her mother s depression and well guarded secrets, Molly cannot seem to bridge the disconnect So, she hunts for the truth of the long buried past, and the story delves into the reali Take a trip into the past with Maureen Doyle McQuerry s Between Before After Alternating between the experiences of mother and daughter, it explores the good and the bad family, loss, depression, betrayal, hope, and love and proves entirely engaging.In 1955, Molly Donnelly is in need of her mother Yet, thanks to her mother s depression and well guarded secrets, Molly cannot seem to bridge the disconnect So, she hunts for the truth of the long buried past, and the story delves into the reality of a 1918 epidemic Emotions run high, but the journey of discovery makes it all worthwhile.An excellent YA read, Between Before After is a story I enjoyed and now recommend.This review is also posted on Hallie Reads.Thanks to the Blink YA Books, I received a complimentary copy of Between Before After and the opportunity to provide an honest review I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own Complex and beautifully layered This story of family secrets, hope and change is wonderfully written It s a gem of a novel with all the hallmarks of a classic. BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER is a Time Slip story set during a difficult time in history where a daughter faces some tough realities of life, and then at another time in history when life is a little simpler but where there are still prejudices and another daughter also faces her own difficulties It readslike a Women s Fiction story, and almost like reading a journal account of the prior time as the reader gets flashes and snippets of what happened in the past as the other storyline takes pla BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER is a Time Slip story set during a difficult time in history where a daughter faces some tough realities of life, and then at another time in history when life is a little simpler but where there are still prejudices and another daughter also faces her own difficulties It readslike a Women s Fiction story, and almost like reading a journal account of the prior time as the reader gets flashes and snippets of what happened in the past as the other storyline takes place Those who love historical novels and memoirs, heavy on the hardships and historical aspects, may enjoy this one.The writing was very well done I didn t have any issues following along or get confused about which time period I was in The characters were also quite complex There were some interesting lessons or questions that the story brought forward and I appreciated that the author didn t really tell the reader what to think, but presented them in a way that it just makes you think.I ll just honestly say that this was one of those stories that jarred me I was expecting something completely different than what I got and it was hard to reconcile my expectations and the actual story I also didn t particularly love any of the characters or even relate to them, although I did relate to some of the situations and one of the time periods It s hard to read something like this that isn t necessarily pleasant to read in the first place, it be something you weren t expecting, and then not really like the characters I also love Dickens A Tale of Two Cities and was expecting to really love this, but I just didn t see as many connections or maybe it just lacked the sweet moments and characters I loved that Dickens brought to his story.In the end, was it what I wished for If you love Women s Fiction, Memoirs or YA Historicals that are just telling the story of a woman and her daughter, then give this a try It just wasn t for me.Content Some references to abuse and pre marital relations.Source I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through JustReadTours, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of the book This was an interesting book It delved into some pretty deep topics, which were heavier than I expected I was really captivated by the endurance of these characters, and found myself fully immersed in the world Doyle McQuerry has created One of my favorite aspects of the book was its dual timeline narrative I recently had a conversation with a fellow booknerd about how much I appreciate the buildup that comes with this type of s Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of the book This was an interesting book It delved into some pretty deep topics, which were heavier than I expected I was really captivated by the endurance of these characters, and found myself fully immersed in the world Doyle McQuerry has created One of my favorite aspects of the book was its dual timeline narrative I recently had a conversation with a fellow booknerd about how much I appreciate the buildup that comes with this type of storytelling It s like getting two stories in one I love that it creates a bit of mystery and suspense you know the two storylines are going to converge or cross paths, but you don t quite know how they re going to get there However, my absolute favorite part of this book were the two main characters, Elaine and Molly These two gals both found themselves in similar situations involving having to raise look out for their younger brothers, while they were both still children themselves But what I loved about that was their perseverance They were such strong youngsters with a fierce sense of survival And they were also just strong female characters in general But let me give you some advice Let all of this go Guys don t like girls who are different, girls who overthink things Then I guess that saves me from worrying about what to wear to prom I m not going to stop thinking because it makes some guy uncomfortable I ll ask whatever questions I wantI d definitely recommend Between Before After to anyone looking for a historical YA read that ll pull you in and make you think It s not all sunshine and roses, but it s strong characters, perseverance, and family bonds I loved, loved, loved Ms McQuerry s writing style The split time was handled in an incredible manner, with the end of each chapter being left in a cliffhanger It made the novel difficult to put down Many times throughout the story, an excerpt from Hansel and Gretel is used, adding character to the story as a whole.Despite everything that I loved, the content was mature enough that I cannot recommend this book to teens There was a description of how abortion is performed and prematernal sex I loved, loved, loved Ms McQuerry s writing style The split time was handled in an incredible manner, with the end of each chapter being left in a cliffhanger It made the novel difficult to put down Many times throughout the story, an excerpt from Hansel and Gretel is used, adding character to the story as a whole.Despite everything that I loved, the content was mature enough that I cannot recommend this book to teens There was a description of how abortion is performed and prematernal sex resulting in a child There were also numerous comments scattered throughout the novel that were not appropriate.Personal Rating 2 StarsContent Rating 1 Star I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review A positive review was not required The space between before and after is a curious place to define for this is where forgotten truths and secrets often lie This pocket of time can be founded by the past where all the things we wish to tuck away are gradually layered However, the space between before and after is not just limited to the past for it extends itself throughout multiple generations that enclose their individual desires and confidences Author Maureen Doyle McQuerry s usage of dual narratives which span through time The space between before and after is a curious place to define for this is where forgotten truths and secrets often lie This pocket of time can be founded by the past where all the things we wish to tuck away are gradually layered However, the space between before and after is not just limited to the past for it extends itself throughout multiple generations that enclose their individual desires and confidences Author Maureen Doyle McQuerry s usage of dual narratives which span through time in her latest work, Between Before and After, demonstrates how the past and the future are inevitably connected within time s grasp In 1955, Molly is a young girl who wishes to piece together fragments of her mother s past Back in 1918, all Elaine wishes is survival for her brother and herself who must fend for themselves after their mother s passing In the process of reading the story, readers gain a firm understanding of the characters and how mother, Elaine, and daughter, Molly, are reflections of each other yet they cannot find a way to really connect The chapters in Between Before and After alternate between Molly and Elaine s narrative and time it arises interesting perceptions about what the present actually constitutes For Elaine, the idea of time is relative because she is constantly reliving her moments from before this is a part of her truth and her identity Molly, on the other hand, who is still constructing her sense of self, considers knowing everything about her mother s past as something integral towards her own personal construction I enjoyed how small passages of Elaine s own version of Hansel and Gretel are scattered throughout the story like breadcrumbs in their own right It serves as a parallel to the ongoing events of the time and is symbolic to how life turns into a story of its own Altogether, this was a great historical coming of age novel that blends the generations and brings a great tide of emotions through closure and understanding Bury your past before it buried you That s what Molly s dad said to her mom before he left Molly didn t know what that meant but she meant to find out As she tells the story, we go back and forth between Molly s present, 1955, to her mom s past in 1920 Her mother, Elaine, had a tough childhood, losing her mother and baby sister to the flu epidemic and being forced to steal and work to feed herself and her brother while their father drinks himself out of jobs and comes home less and less E Bury your past before it buried you That s what Molly s dad said to her mom before he left Molly didn t know what that meant but she meant to find out As she tells the story, we go back and forth between Molly s present, 1955, to her mom s past in 1920 Her mother, Elaine, had a tough childhood, losing her mother and baby sister to the flu epidemic and being forced to steal and work to feed herself and her brother while their father drinks himself out of jobs and comes home less and less Elaine begins working for a rich family and her life changes forever.I preferred the 1919 1920 storylinethan the 1955 and found myself readingquickly to get back to it when it strayed away It was a quick read overall, during part of a day stuck in a jury waiting room What I thought I would find was not what I would find, as Molly s uncle Elaine s brother Stephen explains to Molly You don t know where a story is really going until you takes the journey with it At least you hope that is what you find and it is what I found here Thanks to Maureen Doyle McQuerry, her publisher, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this quiet gem Thank you to Netgalley for giving me a free copy of this book to review.I love a story with dual timelines It s a trope that I just really enjoy, and in this story it was doen particularly well This story follows Molly in 1955, learning about her mother s mysterious past This is a story about love, family, secrets, miracles and hope The writing was beautiful and I especially enjoyed reading about Elaine and her story of survival as a poor street child struggling to take care of her brother i Thank you to Netgalley for giving me a free copy of this book to review.I love a story with dual timelines It s a trope that I just really enjoy, and in this story it was doen particularly well This story follows Molly in 1955, learning about her mother s mysterious past This is a story about love, family, secrets, miracles and hope The writing was beautiful and I especially enjoyed reading about Elaine and her story of survival as a poor street child struggling to take care of her brother in 1919 NYC Seeing her as a girl and as a mother in the 1955 sections was a very interesting look into the ways her life experiences had altered her view of the world.I also really appreciated the inclusion of the Hansel and Gretel story This novel being about siblings who had to rely on themselves, about a girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders, it was very fitting Even though I knew where the story was going it was fairly predictable , I still felt compelled to continue because I needed to know what was going to happen to these characters


About the Author: Maureen Doyle McQuerry

All of my books have an element of mystery and magic, even the realistic stories And as a friend pointed out, there is a library in every one of them It must be because libraries have always been magical places for me Maureen McQuerry is an award winning poet, novelist and teacher Her YA novel, The Peculiars Abrams Amulet 2012 is an ALA Best Book for Young Adult Readers 2013, Bank Street and Horne Book recommended book, and a winner of the Westchester Award Her most recent book is Beyond the Door Abrams Amulet , a Booklist top Ten Fantasy SciFi for Youth It is the first in a MG duo that combines, Celtic myth, shapeshifters and a secret code in a coming of age story The adventure continues in The Telling Stone Beyond the Door is a current finalist for the WA State Book awards.


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