BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - The Lost and Found of Green Tree by Bobbie Candas
The Lost and Found of Green Tree
by Bobbie Candas
GENRE: Historical Fiction
Growing up in the rural village of Green Tree, Nanette is convinced she’s meant for a bigger life, perhaps in the spotlight of Hollywood. But selling popcorn in a Minnesota movie theater is a far cry from the glamor she dreams of; nevertheless, Nanette is undaunted by challenges.
Mariah, living just outside of Green Tree, yearns to move off the family farm and take on a modern job in a bustling city, but she’s sidetracked by love. By eighteen, she finds herself married to her high school sweetheart, giving birth to twin daughters, and living only a few miles from the home she grew up in.
As the economy worsens during the Great Depression, Nanette’s and Mariah’s lofty goals are forced to change as early tragedies confront both women. Brought together by a mutual friend, Nanette extends a generous offer to Mariah, but in time she exacts a frightening price.
Sam said, “Special news, Mariah. Best listen for a minute.” A news report was interrupting the Amos ‘n Andy show. Static crackled through the room, followed by beeps, then the deep and serious voice of a newscaster came through clearly.
“We interrupt this program to report today’s dramatic market sell-off on Wall Street in New York, with stock prices tumbling to record lows after several years of unprecedented highs with frenzied trading. Thousands of Americans, from wealthy tycoons to poor widows, have lost their savings, and today, eleven high-flying financiers committed suicide, reacting to the downward spiral of the market.” The announcer went on for several more minutes relaying the shocking news, calling it, ‘Black Tuesday.’
“Oh my God, Sam. That’s devastating. I had no idea the stock markets were so unstable. And those poor men…jumping out of windows. Can you imagine feeling so desperate? And to think, I used to dream about moving to Manhattan.”
He shook his head, remaining silent for a few seconds. “Sounds terrible. Shocking news. But keep in mind, Mariah, we’re in farming. It’s necessary, steady work. Be thankful we’ll be safe from all that big-city banking business.”
I naively nodded my head in agreement.
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An enjoyable read set in the during the arduous years of the Great Depression. In The Lost and Found of Green Tree, we are introduced to Mariah and Nanette and see how they muster grit, ambition and betrayal while trying to create a better life for themselves.
Set in the Midwest, we meet two young women, one can’t have children yet longs for a family of her own while the other believes she’s destined for something bigger. Brought together by a mutual friend, their friendship becomes entangled when Nanette offers to raise the twins as her own little does Mariah know Nanette will eventually exact a frightening price.
This book is well written, and the characters are brilliant! I found myself empathizing yet frustrated with the decisions of them, engaged and wanting more. I liked the writing style and the authors ability to combine several strands into one exciting ending. The descriptions were believable, and I felt myself transported to 1930s America. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I'm a Texas girl: grew up in San Antonio, went to school at UT in Austin where I earned my degree in journalism, and settled in Dallas where I raised a husband, two kids and a few cats. My husband, Mehmet, and the cats will probably disagree on who raised who, but I'm a sucker for a robust discussion.
For years I was involved in retail management, but have more recently focused on my writing, taking deep dives into the lives of my characters. When you can pry my fingers off the keyboard, I enjoy entertaining, sharing food and drink with friends and family. I enjoy shopping, usually on the hunt for apparel, with a special weakness for shoes, and will frequently jump at the opportunity of an unexpected trip to a far-away place.
And I always make time for reading. I keep a stack of novels ready and waiting on my night stand, with a few tapping their toe in my Kindle. I bounce around genres, and I’m always ready for a good recommendation.
Novels by Bobbie Candas:
The Lost and Found of Green Tree
Luck, Love and a Lifeline
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