Book Review: Things We Once Held Dear by Ann Tatlock
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Ann Tatlockabout this book: There's always a starting point for a novel, and for Things We Once Held Dear, the starting point was a photograph. I was looking at old family photos my cousin had posted online when I came across a picture of his mother's childhood home. When I saw the huge Gothic structure with its wide front porch, intricate lattice work and mysterious tower room, I said, "I've got to put that house in a book."
And so I did. In researching the story, my father was a source of information for me, as he had often visited the house while growing up. I spoke with my cousin's mother Virginia about her memories of the house, and went to Ohio to visit with our other cousin Trudie, who also spent time in the house.
By then the house was long gone, demolished because it had become too difficult to heat. But I stood on the land where the bricks of the house were buried in its basement and saw the original barn that was still standing.
The house on the cover of Things We Once Held Dear is the actual house itself. That is the photograph (minus the child) that inspired this story of mystery, tragedy and romance. I hope you'll enjoy reading this fictional story that springs from my family's own past!
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On going back home ..This book started off slow but as you kept going you realize that you've come to "know" the characters. The mystery of who killed Helen tore family and friends apart. Now that they are older, and are "back home" where they grew up/ got older, more is revealed about Helen's death. There is a bitter-sweet romance, in fact, there are a few of them- but sometimes things are better left alone. Sometimes you have to let go of what you thought was true. And sometimes you have to hang on to what you KNOW is true because everything else tells you different. Sometimes you have to accept that life turned out the way it did because a Higher Power deemed it so and that it is for the best. There were a few "wow, didn't see THAT coming" moments. I was given a copy of this book for my honest review. It was worth the read.
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