All the Forgivenesses

All the Forgivenesses

A Publishers Marketplace Buzz Books selection Set in Appalachia and the Midwest at the turn of the twentieth century, this exquisite debut novel paints an intimately rendered portrait of one resilient farm family's challenges and hard-won triumphs--helmed by an unforgettable heroine. Growing up on their hardscrabble farm in rural Kentucky, fifteen-year-old Albertina "Bert...

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  • A.....

    I received this book several weeks ago when I won it through Goodreads. It is due to be published on 8/27/19. The story was inspired by the author's family. It was concise, well-written, and believable. It was not a book you could skim through to glean the main plot of the story. Every single wood was necessary and begged to be read. The writing was rich with the vernacular of the region, which was set in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. The plot was simple. It was the life of a young, poo

    I received this book several weeks ago when I won it through Goodreads. It is due to be published on 8/27/19. The story was inspired by the author's family. It was concise, well-written, and believable. It was not a book you could skim through to glean the main plot of the story. Every single wood was necessary and begged to be read. The writing was rich with the vernacular of the region, which was set in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. The plot was simple. It was the life of a young, poor girl named Bertie. It was the story of her difficult life growing up in an abusive home surrounded by several mentally unstable people. Initially, hers was a life of great sadness and vast poverty. But as she grew up, Bertie grew to be a strong, smart, capable women. It was the story of the life of a woman-any woman. Life is dealing with the hand you are dealt and dealing with it to learn and grow as a person. It shows the strength of women everywhere. Women who are mother's, daughter, sisters, aunts. Women do it all and are strong. I finished this book on Mother's Day. I must say it is one of the best books I have read this year. The genre would be labeled as Southern Literature, but it really is the voice of women everywhere. I have been waiting for a book similar to The Secret Life of Bees. This is it! It is a book I intend to share, but it is also one I would love to keep on my shelf forever.

  • Cindy

    All The Forgiveness is a stunning debut novel by author Elizabeth Hardinger.

    This story follows Bertie, a young girl born in Appalachia in early 1900's, through the trials of growing up poor and with minimal education, the trauma of losing siblings and parents, alcoholism and it's effects on the family.

    Thrust into an impossible position of responsibility at a terribly young age, Bertie makes decisions that leave her haunted with guilt for years to come.  As the years pass, learning to trust in

    All The Forgiveness is a stunning debut novel by author Elizabeth Hardinger.

    This story follows Bertie, a young girl born in Appalachia in early 1900's, through the trials of growing up poor and with minimal education, the trauma of losing siblings and parents, alcoholism and it's effects on the family.

    Thrust into an impossible position of responsibility at a terribly young age, Bertie makes decisions that leave her haunted with guilt for years to come.  As the years pass, learning to trust in the strong woman she has become, forgiving herself for things that were never in her control, and believing herself worthy of love and happiness may be the hardest challenge of all.

    This is one of those stories that although I know is just fiction, touched me deeply. Imagining a child faced with the responsibilities and sorrows most adults would find difficult at best, I couldn't help but feel for and root for Bertie.

    I enjoyed everything about this book. It is written in the speech patterns appropriate for the times, locations, and educational levels of the characters. It took a page or two to get used to, but soon became charming in its own simple way.

    The characters are diverse and believable, the movement through time flowed seamlessly. I appreciated that there was no one major climactic event in this story, rather a slow build of events that brings relief with a final realization and satisfying conclusion.

    My typical expectation of historical fiction is a fictional story woven around a person, place, or event of historical significance. I'm not sure this meets that description. Maybe more accurate to be classified as Fiction?

    Regardless, it's a lovely story I highly recommend. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Amy

    Oh, I loved this! And I’m so sad it ended. Bertie! I would very happily read a full Little House in the Prairie-length series about Bertie and her life.

    Bertie is so hard on herself and has a hardscrabble farming life in the early twentieth century Midwest, and she broke my heart constantly by feeling like she didn’t deserve happiness and by never realizing the valuable sacrifices she made for her family.

    Hardinger offers up so many crisp and varied details of the time, she captures Bertie’s spee

    Oh, I loved this! And I’m so sad it ended. Bertie! I would very happily read a full Little House in the Prairie-length series about Bertie and her life.

    Bertie is so hard on herself and has a hardscrabble farming life in the early twentieth century Midwest, and she broke my heart constantly by feeling like she didn’t deserve happiness and by never realizing the valuable sacrifices she made for her family.

    Hardinger offers up so many crisp and varied details of the time, she captures Bertie’s speech patterns so fully, and, most importantly, she transports the reader into the gruff but hopeful mindset of a young woman forced to grow up too quickly and who must for years push away any hopes for something easier or full of joy. And all of this is set against the backdrop of her endless daily and bone-wearying tasks of plucking chickens, caring for siblings, carting water, and all the rest. When the promise of a better life started to glimmer at the edges of her vision, I almost cheered.

    I was given a copy of this book by Kensington Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Daisy Dooley

    'As we know, forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses' - Joan Baez.

    This book was just perfection.Set in Kentucky and Missouri, All the Forgivenesses is a beautiful story of family, of loss, of shame and ultimately of forgiveness.It is 1906 and Bertie is six and a half when we first meet her. She's tasked with looking after her younger brother Timmy who she adores. After a day of feasting, her and her extended family take a siesta only to find that Timmy, who is three, has a

    'As we know, forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses' - Joan Baez.

    This book was just perfection.Set in Kentucky and Missouri, All the Forgivenesses is a beautiful story of family, of loss, of shame and ultimately of forgiveness.It is 1906 and Bertie is six and a half when we first meet her. She's tasked with looking after her younger brother Timmy who she adores. After a day of feasting, her and her extended family take a siesta only to find that Timmy, who is three, has awoken, wandered off and tragically died.

    Here begins Bertie's story of shame and guilt which she continues to carry with her for the rest of her life. She has four younger siblings and a mother too exhausted and broken to carry on living. Her father is a drunk and a wastrel who she comes to despise. She has no choice but to step up and do her all to keep her family together. She meets Sam who she marries at 16, and he turns out to be a truly good man, taking on and loving her younger siblings like they were his own. Tragedy strikes again as Sam and Bertie's first child dies and she goes on to miscarry time and time again. Life doesn't feel worth living, Bertie is empty of emotion. After being estranged from her younger sister Dacia for six years, Bertie's salvation arrives in the form of Dacia's three children who are sent to Bertie and Sam with a note. They are in bad shape and to see them blossom with the love and care bestowed upon them was my favourite part of this wonderful book. The ending is sublime, but I'm not going to spoil it for anyone. Truly wonderful, I adored every single word.

  • TJ

    What a gem of a story, this is a beautifully written book! This will go down as one of the best books I’ve read this year, it has all you can ask for, love, loss, heartache, hope, faith and a great storyline. I laughed, cried, and felt so many emotions, you will also fall in love with Bertie, Sam, Opal and all the others. I had a hard time putting this one down once I got started. The writing is superb, the research is excellent, the character development is well done, and what a great story of

    What a gem of a story, this is a beautifully written book! This will go down as one of the best books I’ve read this year, it has all you can ask for, love, loss, heartache, hope, faith and a great storyline. I laughed, cried, and felt so many emotions, you will also fall in love with Bertie, Sam, Opal and all the others. I had a hard time putting this one down once I got started. The writing is superb, the research is excellent, the character development is well done, and what a great story of country life in the early 1900’s.

    I so enjoyed this from start to finish. Bertie’s life was filled with strife, hard work and so many challenges, but she went against all odds and made the best of it. I loved the way the story was told by her, and the descriptions of the countryside, the tarpaper houses, learning to drive, traveling in the wagon, all of it was done with poetic prose. Bertie had no idea how truly special she was. What a great story!!!

    This one comes in with a high 5*****s. I thank Kensington Books and Net Galley for allowing me the opportunity of reading this book for my honest review

  • Amy

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am not going to be biased about this book because I got it for free. All my words are my own opinion.

    All the Forgiveness by Elizabeth Hardinger really struck home with me when she took me back down south before cars where around. A close knit family, struggling to survive, living as roughnecked as it gets. Than they move to Kansas and start a new life there, where the mother retires and dies while the father drinks and s

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am not going to be biased about this book because I got it for free. All my words are my own opinion.

    All the Forgiveness by Elizabeth Hardinger really struck home with me when she took me back down south before cars where around. A close knit family, struggling to survive, living as roughnecked as it gets. Than they move to Kansas and start a new life there, where the mother retires and dies while the father drinks and spends his time away from home. Its up to Bertie, the eldest daughter to take care of the children her mother left behind. (I'm not going to end the summary because its always a nice surprise for the reader.)

    This book came to me and I was eager to read it. My eagerness grew when I opened the page and I was immediately intrigued. The writing style is on point and lovely. Hard truth, sad times, and happy moments release tears when I read this book, and guys. I DON'T CRY WHEN I READ. LIKE AT ALL. This book has a small amount of cuss, but hey, its the wild necks out down south, not much else you'll get; it was a small amount, I won't complain..just sayin' its PG13.

    You'll embrace this book if you love good ol' southern accents. Hard-knock-life stories and of course...learning to forgive yourself for your past and pick yourself up. What an ending. Loved. it.!

  • Karen Kay

    I received this from Netgalley.com for a review.

    This story is told by Bertie. At 15, she is forced to take over full care of her younger siblings and the household. Bertie marries young, grateful to find a husband willing to take on the care of her sisters. As time moves on, Bertie comes to better understand herself only by confronting wrenching truths. She open herself to joy and learns how to not only give, but receive love.

    Great story, well told. Spoken in language and vernacular of the time

    I received this from Netgalley.com for a review.

    This story is told by Bertie. At 15, she is forced to take over full care of her younger siblings and the household. Bertie marries young, grateful to find a husband willing to take on the care of her sisters. As time moves on, Bertie comes to better understand herself only by confronting wrenching truths. She open herself to joy and learns how to not only give, but receive love.

    Great story, well told. Spoken in language and vernacular of the time period, Bertie's voice is realistic throughout the book as she grows from a child into an adult.

    4.25☆

  • Becky Gaiovnik

    All the Forgiveness is told in the voice of Bertie, a teenage girl from the south in the early 1900’s. Hardinger does a remarkable job catching the feelings and reactions of a young woman going through tremendous hardship over and over again. Hardinger also does an incredible job capturing the love of family, responsibility, mothering and creating kinship without blood. The book has a very Where the Crawdads Sing vibe, but being based off of the author’s family puts it into a tone less of myster

    All the Forgiveness is told in the voice of Bertie, a teenage girl from the south in the early 1900’s. Hardinger does a remarkable job catching the feelings and reactions of a young woman going through tremendous hardship over and over again. Hardinger also does an incredible job capturing the love of family, responsibility, mothering and creating kinship without blood. The book has a very Where the Crawdads Sing vibe, but being based off of the author’s family puts it into a tone less of mystery and more of contemporary fiction. Some that don’t love character driven novels may find it a little slow, but I found it incredibly engaging. My only criticism is finding the uneducated talking voice to be a bit kitschy. Great from start to finish.

  • Grace

    Full disclosure I was given this book by the publisher in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

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    For me, this book was very slow and hard to get into. It didn't catch my heart right away and I had to consciously spend time on it every evening. I almost didn't finish it several times. BUT. I am so glad I did. I loved the redemption twist that comes near the end. I love the message that family knows they have each other's support no matter what happens.

    I loved Sam!! His

    Full disclosure I was given this book by the publisher in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

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    For me, this book was very slow and hard to get into. It didn't catch my heart right away and I had to consciously spend time on it every evening. I almost didn't finish it several times. BUT. I am so glad I did. I loved the redemption twist that comes near the end. I love the message that family knows they have each other's support no matter what happens.

    I loved Sam!! His patience and kindness and enthusiasm reminded me so much of my own husband I was endeared to him almost instantly. And there was never a time when I didnt respect Bertie, even when she "messed up" she did so with the best of intentions and the only methods she knew how. This was a book that will stick with me, even though it wasn't the kind of brain candy book that I can just burn right through.

    Side note...I live in the Flint Hills of Kansas and love it and love the prairie and I appreciated the homage and descriptions that were in here. It's always a treat to read a book thats set where I live.

  • Aria

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ----

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ----

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