"My favorite character was Beatrice," says RIFer Barbara M. "She is a compassionate and forgiving woman who led a difficult life, and in spite of the anger, bitterness and disappointment she sometimes felt, she never purposely allowed those feelings to influence her twin daughters."
At once a family epic and a historical drama that brings the streets and neighborhoods of Boston vividly to life from World War II through the civil rights era to the present day, A Life Apart takes readers along for the emotional journey as Morris and Beatrice’s relationship is tested by time, family loyalties, unending guilt, racial tensions, death, and the profound effects of war.
RIFer Barbara M. was a lucky Read It First winner of an Advance Review Copy of A Life Apart by L.Y. Marlow. Thanks, Barbara, for sharing your review with us and for reading it forward!
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t yet read A Life Apart, skip Barbara’s review and dive right into the excerpt below.
Thank you for the opportunity to read A Life Apart! I enjoyed reading this book and appreciated the historical aspects. My favorite character was Beatrice even though she was the “other” woman. She is a compassionate and forgiving woman who led a difficult life, and in spite of the anger, bitterness and disappointment she sometimes felt, she never purposely allowed those feelings to affect/influence her twin daughters. I really liked the premise of this book, but I had a hard time with Morris – he wanted it all but didn’t want to sacrifice anything and ended up hurting everyone!
About the Author
L.Y. MARLOW is the founder of Saving Promise, a national domestic violence prevention organization that is inspired by her family’s story—as told in her award-winning novel Color Me Butterfly—and her granddaughter, a little girl named Promise. As an avid reader and poet, L.Y. courageously stepped away from a prosperous career in corporate America to pursue her lifelong passion to write which later led to discovering her love for community service. When she’s not saving Promise and writing, she can be found traversing the bookstores, the arts, and anything cultured that enlivens her soul. Visit the author on Twitter @lymarlow.