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  • Superbly written! Secrets kept me turning pages!

    What Could Be Saved is difficult to read at times. While it's not a happy book, it does contain happiness. Schwarz transports the reader to 1970s Bangkok---illuminating the stark contrast between the privileged Americans and their Thai servants amid the backdrop of the Vietnam War. I was so impressed with how well this novel is written. Schwarz has chosen her words carefully, making each one count. Even though it alternates between time periods and point of views, I was never confused. Each character felt necessary and vital to the story. And what a story! It's gut-wrenching at times, utterly devastating. But amid the devastation is hope, and the enduring love of siblings. Our guiding character is Laura, the youngest Preston sibling, and an artist. The disappearance of her older brother Philip when they were children in Bangkok has defined every aspect of the rest of Laura's life. When she is contacted and told he may have been found, her life is upended once again. The reader is taken back to 1972 when the Preston family relocated to Bangkok for what they were told would be a year. It turned into four plus years. Secrets abound in the Preston family--building, growing, and snowballing throughout their lives. The reader is privy to secrets the children are unaware of, as well as being enlightened to some secrets along with the characters. This technique kept me turning pages and fully immersed until the end. While several of the characters are unlikable, Schwarz still makes them human--forcing the reader to acknowledge their good qualities along with their flaws. Go into this one prepared to step back in time and have your heart broken over a lost boy and the steadfast love of sisters. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an advanced reader's copy.

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  • The Prestons

    A very reflective novel that will make every reader think of their own lives

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