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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Review - Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen

About The Book:

From the celebrated author of The Bird Sisters, a gorgeously rendered and emotionally charged novel that spans generations, telling the story of two siblings, raised apart, attempting to share a life.

It is 1938 when Eveline, a young bride, follows her husband into the wilderness of Minnesota. Though their cabin is rundown, they have a river full of fish, a garden out back, and a new baby boy named Hux.

But when Emil leaves to take care of his sick father, the unthinkable happens: a stranger arrives, and Eveline becomes pregnant. She gives the child away, and while Hux grows up hunting and fishing in the woods with his parents, his sister, Naamah, is raised an orphan.

 Years later, haunted by the knowledge of this forsaken girl, Hux decides to find his sister and bring her home to the cabin. But Naamah, even wilder than the wilderness that surrounds them, may make it impossible for Hux to ever tame her, to ever make up for all that she, and they, have lost.

Set before a backdrop of vanishing forest, this is a luminous novel of love, regret, and hope.

My Thoughts:

I was so thrilled to hear of Rebecca Rasmussen's second novel, and was privileged to receive a review copy.  I knew from her debut novel, "The Bird Sisters," that I enjoyed Rebecca's writing, but I wasn't prepared for the wonderful treat of reading "Evergreen."

Rebecca once again brings her skillful style of storytelling to a tale that includes a stirring romance, unforgettable and loyal friendships, and a tragedy full of secrets, lies, and regrets. Set in the early wilderness of Minnesota, this story captures the untamed countryside and the strong and resilient people who set out to tame it. Rebecca's cast of characters are intriguing and personable - I especially loved Lulu, the eccentric but loveable gal who everyone needs as a friend! And I so admired both Eveline and her daughter Naamah for their strength and bravery as they work so hard to find a flittering of happiness and joy in their lives. This is just a magnificent story.

If you are looking for a read that will stay with you long after you finished the book, then "Evergreen" is the one for you.  I'm absolutely putting this title in my top books of the year!

About The Author:

REBECCA RASMUSSEN is the author of the novel The Bird Sisters. Her stories have appeared in or won prizes from TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, Glimmer Train, The Mid-American Review, among other journals. She was born and raised in the Midwest. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter and teaches English part-time at UCLA.

My thanks to Doubleday Publishing for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Laura Fabiani said...

I've read so many good things about both novels from this author but have yet to read her books. They are on my TBR list for sure.

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Rebecca is a wonderful writer - I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!