Book Review: Greetings from Tucson + Giveaway
Greetings From Tucson
December 11, 2021
A coming-of-age story with true love at its core, Greetings from Tucson tells the heartwarming and uplifting story of four sisters’ lives through the lens of handwritten letters. These long lost letters, found decades after they were penned, at one time formed a lifeline that held the sisters together when their worlds were otherwise falling apart...
In June of 1945, tragedy struck and sisters Cookie, Frankie, Dottie, and Connie were torn from everything they knew—their parents, their home, and, most importantly, each other. Forced to live thousands of miles apart, they feared their bond would be broken. The four sisters began writing letters to share every detail of their young lives, celebrating milestones and mourning heartbreaks from afar.
Through these letters, they strengthened their relationship when the odds were so stacked against them. That is, until one sister's secret from the past changed everything. Would she break the fragile bond they worked so hard to nurture after their split so many years ago?
I really enjoyed the format of this book. While, the timeline progresses fairly quickly, I felt satisfied. Sisters, Frankie, Dottie, Connie, and Cookie were lovely. Each of their personalities and voices did come through and shine.
While it is fair to say that I did not really have a favorite among the four sisters as I equally loved them all; I did feel a bit closer towards Cookie. Only because it did feel like she was the overarching narrating voice in this book.
The emotional connection with the sisters was strong. So much that I had a bit of an emotional reaction at a certain point in the story. I would recommend this book to readers and do plan to check out more books from this author.
Author Bio: After facing a life-changing breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 34, Cherie co-authored the non-fiction book “Wisdom From Five Cancer Travelers: Lessons Learned” with others affected by the disease. She was declared “no evidence of disease” in 2019 and made it a mission to write and publish her first fiction novel, “Greetings from Tucson,” inspired by her grandmother’s story. Cherie lives in Connecticut with her husband, Matt, and their Portuguese Water Dog, Poppy. She holds a B.A. in English from Southern Connecticut State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Inspired by a true story
From the author (Cherie L. Genua): Greetings from Tucson is inspired by my grandmother's early life after both her parents' tragic deaths in the 1940s. Soon after my grandmother passed away in 2012, I discovered a shoebox filled with pastel-colored envelopes stuffed with handwritten notes. There were countless letters stacked up inside that were sent to my grandmother from her sisters—she kept them for decades tucked away in her closet. I will never forget their smell—rosewater mixed with the stale smell of vintage paper. These letters from the 1940s and beyond pieced together the stunning—and tragic—story of her early life and taught me that a sisters' bond could never be broken, no matter how hard life became. A story that taught me sisters could be soulmates, too.
Sisters separated by tragedy, strengthened by letters.
Greetings From Tucson