Monday, August 29, 2011

Review and Giveaway: The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff

Title: The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff
Author: Pam Jenoff
Publisher: Doubleday
Publish Date: July 12, 2011
Source: Received a copy from the publisher. This did not affect my review.

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You love a good story with really well written characters.
  • You're a historical fiction fan.
  • You like a book with a lot of pieces to put together. 
What's the Story?:

From "An ambitious novel that spans decades and continents, The Things We Cherished tells the story of Charlotte Gold and Jack Harrington, two fiercely independent attor­neys who find themselves slowly falling for one another while working to defend the brother of a Holocaust hero against allegations of World War II–era war crimes. The defendant, wealthy financier Roger Dykmans, mysteri­ously refuses to help in his own defense, revealing only that proof of his innocence lies within an intricate timepiece last seen in Nazi Germany. As the narrative moves from Philadelphia to Germany, Poland, and Italy, we are given glimpses of the lives that the anniversary clock has touched over the past century, and learn about the love affair that turned a brother into a traitor.

Rich in historical detail, Jenoff’s astonishing new work is a testament to true love under the worst of circumstances."

My Two Cents:

Guys, please allow me to gush just a little bit. I am way excited about this book and even more excited about  I've read some of Pam Jenoff's other works and have fallen in love each time. You feel like you want to know her characters even better even though they are well written. You want to be able to ask them questions. Her books are the kind that you get pulled into and want to savor just so you don't get to the end too fast. The Things They Cherished is another wonderful work.

Gah, this story just grabs you. It has a little bit of mystery and romance. It's heavy on history and the characters are fascinating. The style of the book is also very grabbing. Sometimes books that switch back and forth between time can be hard to follow but it works really, really well in this story. It only helps to pull you deeper into the story. You find yourself wanting to get to the next chapters so you can follow the different veins of the story. I didn't want this book to end! Luckily, the ending seems to hint at maybe a sequel (oh please, oh please, oh please)!


Want to win a copy of The Things We Cherished? The publisher is graciously giving away copies to two lucky A Bookish Affair readers! Just fill out the form! You have until August 31st, 2011, 11:59pm EST to enter. Good luck!


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