Friday, March 13, 2020

This Side of Yesterday

Ginger Mooreland is stretched beyond her limit. Her beloved grandfather she cares for is showing signs of dementia and she is in danger of losing the Jukebox CafĂ©, which has been in the family for generations. Without the Jukebox she’s not sure how she can take care of her grandfather. The confidence that has bolstered her in the past is replaced with doubt.

Mike, the pastor of the local community church, has become a close friend to Ginger over the years. As their feelings for each other grow, Ginger questions whether she needs one more thing unsettling her life.

Convinced that his wife, Irene, who disappeared shortly after Pearl Harbor is still alive, Grandpa sends Ginger on an unlikely quest to uncover the truth. As Ginger traces the threads of Grandpa’s past and deals with her doubts about the present, she discovers far more than she ever expected for her future.

My thoughts: This story has a lot going for it, with Ginger being a business owner who is struggling to compete with the new mega store in town, balancing her work with caring for her aging grandfather, and trying to discover what happened to her long lost grandmother during WWII, all while trying to convince herself that she isn't interested in the sweet pastor who checks in on her and her grandfather. I love the strong theme of friendship with this story, as well as the family ties. I found the writing a little hard to follow at times, perhaps because there is a bit of a prequel in the book Hope is Born, so I would recommend reading that short story first. That said, I enjoyed all the different elements in this story!
I received this book from Just Read tours. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

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