Thursday, 5 December 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #9

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This week's question is...

Bookselling Time: Go to your biggest bookcases. Go to the second shelf from the top and pick out the sixth book from the left. Handsell that book to us - even if you haven’t read it or if you hated it. (if you don’t have bookcases, done have six books on one shelf, etc, pick a book at random) 
The book I grabbed was...
After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients' lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.

Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?

I absolutely loved this book. It is told from the perspective of both Jane and Ivy during a time of state mandated sterilizations determined by a Eugenics Board. The sterilizations were performed at times without the knowledge or consent of the person involved and usually involved people of low class, intellect, mental capacity and health issues. Although this is a fictional story, the sterilizations and eugenics programs were real and happened during this time frame. I work in the Developmental Services field and was aware of these programs in my country from my schooling so I already had an understanding of what went on before reading this book. Perhaps that is why I enjoyed it so much but I think for people who were not aware of what happened it is a real eye opener.
I don't want to say too much about the story for fear of giving too much away but I will say that it is a great read. As with all of Diane Chamberlain's books it is a very easy book to read and get lost in. It is probably my favourite of her books and I have read them all.

What do you think? Have I sold you on the book?
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  1. This sounds like a fascinating read. I'll have to check it out. And yay for answering the same question I did! LOL. Happy Friday. Old follower.

  2. Yep, you sold me. The topic of the book is really interesting, I'll have to check it out.

  3. Hopping through. That does sound like an interesting book. I've heard of the author but haven't read anything by her.
    My FF

  4. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

    Old follower.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  5. Ooh nice! I did have this post up and ready, but they did change it suddenly! So weird. This is next's week question now! I was so discombobulated this morning!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  6. you sold me, I will check it out. old follower

    hope you can visit my Feature and Follow Friday

  7. This is new to me...kind of. Maybe I just don't remember seeing it. Anyhoo, thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Friday!

    My FF

  8. I've read a book or two of hers and I really enjoyed them! This sounds wonderful! I think I'll add it to my TBR list (:

    Tina @ Pages of Comfort - new follower via GFC and Bloglovin!
    My FF