White Picket Fences

White Picket Fences When her black sheep brother disappears Amanda Janvier eagerly takes in her sixteen year old niece Tally The girl is practically an orphan motherless and living with a father who raises Tally wherev

  • Title: White Picket Fences
  • Author: Susan Meissner Bernadette Dunne
  • ISBN: 9780307702357
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Audio CD
  • When her black sheep brother disappears, Amanda Janvier eagerly takes in her sixteen year old niece Tally The girl is practically an orphan motherless, and living with a father who raises Tally wherever he lands in a Buick, a pizza joint, a horse farm and regularly takes off on wild schemes Amanda envisions that she, her husband Neil, and their two teenagers can offerWhen her black sheep brother disappears, Amanda Janvier eagerly takes in her sixteen year old niece Tally The girl is practically an orphan motherless, and living with a father who raises Tally wherever he lands in a Buick, a pizza joint, a horse farm and regularly takes off on wild schemes Amanda envisions that she, her husband Neil, and their two teenagers can offer the girl stability and a shot at a normal life, even though their own storybook lives are about to crumble.Seventeen year old Chase Janvier hasn t seen his cousin in years, and other than a vague curiosity about her strange life, he doesn t expect her arrival will affect him much, or interfere with his growing, disturbing interest in a long ago house fire that plagues his dreams unbeknownst to anyone else Tally and Chase bond as they interview two Holocaust survivors for a sociology project, and become startlingly aware that the whole family is grappling with hidden secrets, with the echoes of the past, and with the realization that ignoring tragic situations won t make them go away Will Tally s presence blow apart their carefully constructed world, knocking down the illusion of the white picket fence and reveal a hidden past that could destroy them all, or can she help them find the truth without losing each other

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    1. I won "White Picket Fences" quite a while back from another blog giveaway. I have to admit I had so many books to read that this one went into my "to be read pile" where it stayed for quite a while. The other day I was looking through those books for my next read. For some reason this one caught my eye. I really had no idea what the genre was or what the book was about. I just started reading.The protagonists were three cousins as well as a friend to one of them. When I first started reading I t [...]

    2. Engrossing and enlightening, this book weaves the story of a contemporary family in emotional crisis with WWII tales of Nazi capture, escape and death. The author who believes all things turn around human relationships, takes a teenager's early trauma where he is desperately trying to remember key events, and introduces the family to two rest home residents who survived the concentration camp of Treblenka. These men, now in their nineties, express the concept of remembering as a function of need [...]

    3. I liked this book well enough, but was drawn more to the subplot than the ongoing saga of the protagonist's utterly dysfunctional family. In fact, I wished that more had been discussed about the two Holocaust survivors who were sent to concentration camps in Poland because of their participation of successfully rescuing babies from the Jewish ghettos. That story was both fascinating and eye-opening to me. The rest of the book could have been somewhat shortened if the Janvier family could have ce [...]

    4. I especially liked the two main characters in this novel - teen-aged cousins grappling with what to do regarding their secrets and their memories. I also liked that, although this is "Christian fiction," it was not "obviously" and in-your-face Christian. There were moments where you saw the family's faith and values impacting their thinking; there were other times when you didn't see Jesus reflected in their lives. Sort of like reality, right?! I liked this book, enough to try some other books b [...]

    5. I picked up this book at the library in a last minute attempt to find something to read. Recently I read Secrets of a Charmed Life and loved it! So I thought I would try another book by the same author. This book, however, fell short for me. The characters and dialogue seemed a bit off and the main storyline wasn't compelling. There were also some character connections that were a stretch to believe. I did enjoy the parts about the Warsaw Ghettos and longed for more of those stories instead of t [...]

    6. I really like Susan Meissners books You can see that from my past reviews. Although this one was good it didnt keep me wanting to come back to it I felt they should have developed one of the stories more and one less lol That being said still a good book just not one of my favorites

    7. Meissner once again skillfully weaves together contemporary and historical storylines. Her characters are complex and engaging, and her writing is beautiful.

    8. I enjoyed this book and it held my attention throughout, no slow parts. I liked the way they merged the stories of the Holocaust survivors and the main story. Truly enjoyable book.

    9. I did like this is not my favorite by her, so far. Amanda and Neil have the perfect life in a nice home, with two great kids, good jobs, no problems. One day Amanda gets a call from a social worker in Tucson saying that Amanda's brother, Bart, has left his daughter tally, with Amanda and Barts mother. Bart has gone off and doesn't know when he'll beBack. In the meantime grandma has died and tally is basically homeless so Amanda and her husband are flying out and take Tally home with them to Cali [...]

    10. So many things happening in this book - Tally's grandmother has died and her father is out of the country where she can't reach him, Amanda's family looks perfect but has a secret they are trying to keep buried, and there are two older Polish men who survived the concentration camps. The latter story was actually the most interesting, but I was connected enough to the other characters to care what was happening with them. Granted so much of the book could have been solved if people would only ta [...]

    11. Satisfying ReadMeissner is a beautifully descriptive writer. She paints a scene with every detail. This novel was satisfying. It wove a contemporary story with memories from the past and by the end everything dovetailed well. The only reason I didn't give five stars is because I found it somewhat unbelievable that neither parents nor son ever discussed the fire. It is hard for me to imagine something so crucial in a child's life being ignored.

    12. I really enjoyed the main plot and subplot woven together. A great thinking book about not perfect Christians. I just discovered Susan recently and really enjoy her books and this is a great one as well. Will have to finish my to be Reads soon so I can devour another one. Enjoy

    13. I enjoyed this, especially all the connections between past and present in this book. Looking forward to reading more from Meissner. 3.5 stars.

    14. Love this author, but did not care for this novel. It seemed so silly to me and I couldn't care about the characters or the story. Skip this and go for her later novels which are fantastic!

    15. My least favorite by this author. The historical information was great but the parental figures & the teacher seemed unrealistic to me

    16. Secrets! When is it ok to keep a secret? This is what Amanda; Tally’s aunt says about them, “My grandmother had her secrets. My father had his. You have yours. And I… What do they really accomplish anyway? I mean, think about it. What secret did anyone any good? Can you think of one?”Tally does think of a good secret. Josef and Eliasz told of their secret operation to save babies from the horrific conditions of the ghetto. It had to be kept a secret so that lives could be saved. Tally kn [...]

    17. I really liked this book. I love dual storylines with past and present stories. This one deals with the Holocaust and the Jewish Getto in Warsaw. I have been there and I remember how disturbing it was to see the bullet holes in the building walls. What happened there is so awful. There were so many parts to this story and I was worried something would be left hanging, but everything was wrapped up perfectly.

    18. There's a lot going on here! Estranged adult siblings, repressed traumatic memories, bad parenting, holocaust survivors, woodworking, fire, buried treasure.

    19. When I heard about this new novel from Susan Meissner, I was extremely excited because to me "The Shape of Mercy" is now a classic that all students who study the Crucible should also have to read. While "White Picket Fences" is a completely different type of book it is still incredible writing. For me, I would not necessarily call it a favorite, but overall as a whole (redundant I know, but making a point here) I enjoyed it. Looking at the cover of this book tells you the most of what you need [...]

    20. When her black sheep brother disappears, Amanda Janvier eagerly takes in her sixteen year-old niece Tally. The girl is practically an orphan: motherless, and living with a father who raises Tally wherever he lands– in a Buick, a pizza joint, a horse farm–and regularly takes off on wild schemes. Amanda envisions that she, her husband Neil, and their two teenagers can offer the girl stability and a shot at a “normal” life, even though their own storybook lives are about to crumble.Seventee [...]

    21. A white picket fence often conjures up the image of familial bliss. Perfection. Happiness. It can also act as another barrier to the outside. Another wall that keeps family stories hidden.Amanda Janvier's brother has always been a free spirit. Free in the sense that he has never settled down, rarely keeps a job, and struggles to put a roof over his headd his daughter's. Amanda receives a phone call from a social worker that changes everything. Her brother has left his daughter, Tally, with her g [...]

    22. Overall it was a good book. It took a while to get set up and going, but once it did, it hooks you right in. it wasn't predictable line I was thinking in some chapters which was nice. The story was very compelling but sometimes slow. I enjoyed taking the journey with Chase to find the truth, but I also really loved Eli and Josef story.

    23. This was an interesting premise for a book. Memories and how they can affect a family. The suppression or communication of information among family memebers.The son in this book has a very troubling event take place in his life when he was young, his parents think he does not remember. He is remembering more and more, a serious break down in communication between his family and himself has dramatic consequences for them all.There is also a visiting cousin, whose father never feels like more than [...]

    24. This book had me from the first page! I read it in 2 days. It's about family relationships & how we deal with them. Sounds boring, but it by no means was.

    25. Amanda Janvier appears to be living a very good, stable life. She loves her work as a teacher, is married to a generous craftsman, and has two teenage children. But secrets lurk in the Janvier home. Does a secret ever do anyone any good? Are they always to best kept locked away from others?The Janviers take in their sixteen-year-old niece Tally while Amanda's brother is out of reach on a fortune hunt in Europe. Tally and her cousin Chase are close to the same age and a bond quickly forms when th [...]

    26. Winner of the 2009 Best Fiction for her book The Shape of Mercy, Susan Meissner does it again with her book White Picket Fences. I love how Meissner takes real life history and weaves it with a beautiful fictional story. In the book The Shape of Mercy she weaves the Salem Witch trials into her story, with White Picket Fences Meissner weaves the stories to two Holocaust survivors in with her fictional story of a family who seems to live the perfect life.The Janvier's live in a beautiful home, the [...]

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