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    Recommended Read!

    Colleen Faulkner writes books that feature strong women going through difficult circumstances. The themes of Julia’s Daughters are quite heavy: grief, guilt, failure to live up to others’ expectations, but those are balanced out by true comic relief in the interactions between these complicated characters. I enjoyed the book. It made me think long after I finished it. And there’s no higher compliment than that. Highly recommended.
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    Julias Daughters

    I really enjoyed this book. It covered how each family member dealt with the accidental death of a daughter/sistet.
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    Julia's Daughters!

    I just finished reading Julia’s Daughters by Colleen Faulkner. Julia Maxton just lost her middle daughter, Caitlin. Julia has been grief stricken for the six weeks since her death. Haylie is the eldest daughter at seventeen. She was driving the car with Caitlin inside when she went through a stop sign and into a truck (she did not see it). Since Caitlin’s death she has been acting out and has now been expelled from school. The youngest daughter, Lily has not talked to Haley since Caitlin died. Ben, Julia’s husband has been very distant since their daughter’s death (he talks more to his mother than to his wife). Linda, Julia’s mother-in-law believes that they should send Haley away to boarding school. Julia does not feel that is a solution. Then Julia finds out that Haley is cutting herself. Julia knows that she now has to climb out of her bed and do something before it is too late. She decides to take Haley on a road trip from Las Vegas (where they live) to her best friend’s home in Portland, Maine. Ben does not support the decision especially since Julia plans on leaving Lily at home (she has school). As Haley and Julia are departing, Lily begs to go with them. Lily ends up going on the trip (and sneaks Mr. Cat in as well). Julia is hoping this journey will bring her closer to her daughters and help them to heal from Caitlin’s death. She is hoping that being away from the town where Caitlin died and the memories in the home will be helpful for all of them. Julia asked Ben to come along, but he refused (this does not bode well for their marriage). Will this journey work out that way Julia hopes? What will the future hold for the Maxton family? Julia’s Daughters is a story about healing and overcoming grief. Julia and her daughters needed this journey to help them move on after the death of Caitlin. Julia’s Daughters was a very slow moving novel. I liked Julia’s commitment to her children. She did what was needed for them and for herself despite what her husband told her (good for her). The one thing I did not like was that it was told from the perspective of Julia, Izzy, and Haley. It flipped back and forth. Izzy point-of-view was basically a waste of space (it did not help or enhance the novel in any way). I felt that the novel would have been told from Julia’s perspective alone. I give Julia’s Daughters 3 out of 5 stars (it was a satisfactory novel, but I did not like or love it). I received a complimentary copy of Julia’s Daughters from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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    Amazingly Relatable!

    I orginally acquired this book last year. It took me a year to finish reading it. I started it last year, but it was too much for me to handle at the time. This is probably going to be the toughest review I have had to pen in a while. There was supposed to be a personal post between the previous book review and this one, but not everything goes according to plan and I don’t know what I want to say on a personal level just yet. The writing style of Colleen Faulkner is incredible. This is my first novel by her, so I am not sure if it is the same throughout all of her stories, but this one impressed me enough that I will be checking out some more of her work. The story is told from first person point of view, from the alternating viewpoints of the mother and two surviving sisters. It just starts two weeks after the tragic car accident that took the life of the middle daughter, Caitlin. The oldest daughter, Haley, was the one driving during the accident. I found myself relating to these characters throughout the whole story. They are so realistic that more than once, I found myself crying and laughing with them. The grieving process is not sugar-coated in this novel. It’s so real that I could feel the pain the characters were going through. Izzy, the youngest, constantly reminded me of my youngest sister. Nothing I could put my finger on exactly, but it was there. This book also left me thinking: what if? If I was the mom and this happened to my family, how could we deal? Could I help my oldest when she needed me the most? Would I blame her? It’s only human nature to do so, right? It’s something I personally hope I never have to find out. The emotions throughout this book are raw and real, it is a very moving story. It deals with grief, moving on, being their for each other, and the importance of family. It has made its way to my favorites shelf and it earned it’s five-star rating. If you like literature, women’s fiction, or novels about the importance of family – check this book out. You won’t regret it. PLEASE NOTE – this book does deal with some heavy situations and may not be appropriate for kids or young adults. Such situations include self harm, drug use, disrespectful behavior, and sexual references. Sandra Some of my FAVORITE Quotes from the Book: “But it’s just one stupid thing I’ve done, in a whole lifetime of stupid things.” “Somehow, somewhere in that burning sting, I can breathe again.” “I’m youre mother. You don’t have to like me. You don’t even have to love me, but you’ll show me the respect I deserve. Do I make myself clear?” “I don’t want to feel better. I deserve to feel shitty. I deserve it forever.” “Mom’s blind to her daughter’s shortcomings. All of ours. She’s always been that way.” “A person can only give what they have.” “‘No, I don’t want you to stop talking to me,” Haley tells me. ‘I don’t want you to ever do that again. Okay? I don’t care if you’re mad at me. Because we’re still sisters. Okay?'”
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    Julia's Daughters

    Loved it! Made you realize how precious life really is. I hope as a mother I never have to go through what this mother had to. Although I know people that have lost a child I can't imagine the daily pain they must suffer. How do they continue on? I know I would have a very difficult time to live on without my children.

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