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  • This book will break your heart

    This book will break your heart. I admit to full on tears and the use of several tissues. For much of it I was appalled and enraged. This book has a dual timeline with one in 1965 and a young white student who wants to help register black people to vote, and is aghast as the conditions they live in due to general racism and not having a voice in government. Black people live in horrendous poverty and constant fear of being attacked or even murdered by their white neighbours. It is shocking and deeply depressing that this fight for the right to vote is still happening today-right this very minute! Black Americans are still fighting the same fight that their parents and grandparents already fought. The second timeline is in 2010. This one follows Kayla who builds her dream house with her husband but sadly her husband dies in a freak accident before it is completed. Things quickly turn creepy when she and her daughter move in. I would say that this borders on horror with the creepy woods, and the eerie sounds. I wasn’t sure at first if this was going to be a haunted house story or something more explainable. There were little pieces and a few characters that connected the two timelines but the significance of the past to the present wasn’t at all clear. As the historical timeline progresses the entire picture becomes clearer and the two timelines come together into one tragic, heart breaking story. The threads are tied together and it all makes horrible sense. Be warned that the solution to this seemingly cursed land is brutal and disturbing. I read the last parts with my hands over my mouth hoping that what I think happened didn’t actually happen. It was an absolute punch in the gut. This ended up being a very emotional story and I wasn’t expecting the devastating impact. It was a tough story but also a very timely one. I wouldn’t categorize this as a light read but it was very suspenseful and it had me turning the pages and staying up too late reading. I think this is a story that will stick with me for a long time, Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.

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  • Truly wonderful!

    This was truly a wonderful book! I have heard great things about this author’s work but for one reason or another I had never actually picked one up myself so this was my first experience with her work. To say that I am impressed would be an understatement. This book not only entertained me it made me think and sometimes made me rather uncomfortable. Diane Chamberlain definitely has a new fan. This book is told from two different points of view. Kayla’s point of view is set in 2010. Kayla is a young widow and mother of a small child. She is ready to move into the home that she designed with her husband in a new development but feels uneasy about the move. Ellie’s story takes place in 1965. Ellie signs up to be a part of the SCOPE program that wants to help the black community register to vote. She is assigned to live in the community with a black family and is able to experience the poverty that they live with on a daily basis. I have often found that when a book is told in dual timelines, I usually gravitate towards one timeline more than the other. With this book, I enjoyed both timelines equally and when they finally came together I was in awe of how perfectly the pieces all seemed to fit. I found myself thinking of this story when I wasn’t reading and am angry at the injustices that the characters endured. I thought that descriptions were quite vivid and helped to bring an emotional element to the story. I would highly recommend this book to others. I thought that it told a powerful story that will stay with me for a while. I will definitely be reading more of this author’s work in the future. I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press.

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  • A Page Turner!

    Diane Chamberlain weaves the lives of two strong independent women, Kayla and Ellie,whose pasts connects, into a story that will draw you in from the first page to the last! A dual time line book that alternates between 2010 with Kayla: an architect, a recent widow, and a mother to 3 year old girl and 1965 with Ellie: a university student who gets involved with Civil Rights Movement and then defies her family’s approval by spending the summer working on the SCOPE Project. Kayla is left feeling a bit uneasy when Anna Smith shows up without an appointment asking her to help in architecting her remodeling project of her house. Anna Smith appears to know more about her husband’s death and family than she is comfortable with. This leaves Kayla reeling and giving second thoughts of moving into her new house. Kayla decides to go against her father’s request to sell the house and instead and moves in. What will Kayla discover and encounter after moving in? Kayla and Ellie become neighbors when Kayla moves into her new house. As their friendships grows, these two women discover how their pasts are connected and what secrets are discovered. Will their friendship last through all that they are discovering? This book will have you turning the pages to find out! I love how this author integrates significant historical events into her books! It makes for fascinating and intriguing stories! Definitely one to be added to your TBR list! A great book club pick as it will lead to great discussions!

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  • The Last House on the Street

    The Last House on the Street is the latest book from Diane Chamberlain. Ms Chamberlain tells the story in alternate voices and years. Kayla in 2010 and Ellie in 1965. In 1965 Ellie was a 20 year old college student who found herself passionate about the civil rights movement and registering black people to vote. In 2010 Kayla is a widow with a three year old daughter who was moving into their new home, which happened to be down the street from where Kayla lived when younger. Their paths cross and a mystery from all those years ago is solved. As always Ms Chamberlain's characters come to life on the pages. I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an early copy to review.

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  • Riveting story

    The Last House on the Street does indeed have it all: mystery , intrigue, history , social justice , characters we love and those despicable ones. The story takes place in two timelines 1965 and 2010. Ellie is out for social change in 1965 throughout a time of civil unrest and wants to change the world at any cost. Kayla in 2010 is grieving the loss of her husband and has just moved into her new house . These two ladies are destined to meet as their stories intertwine in a fascinating way. I cheered for both these ladies, I cried for both these ladies and I admired them both. The Last House on the Street will stay with the reader for a long time to come. Put this book on the top of your TBR pile and get lost in the story.

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