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The Measure of Silence

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I didn't care for the premise - grandpa (and mom) maybe could have maybe told the girls what's up at some point instead of saving this big family secret for them to figure out. The two protagonists (and supporting characters) are written in very stereotypical, one-dimensional ways and never become fully fleshed out 3D human beings. Unfortunately I just never got into this one.

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The Measure of Silence by Elizabeth Langston is a historical fiction novel that doesn't shy away from tough topics such as trauma, grief and mental illness. The characters were realistic and the premise was interesting. This was my first book from Ms Langston but I can assure you that it will not be my last.

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A moment in history that changed the world but also changed a family. The story follows two sisters, who's relationship has become distant, on a quest to find out the truth kept from the family. During their search they cause tension within the family but eventually, it brings everyone closer together.

I love a book set over two time periods, and I love exploring how people's actions can have an impact on the future, so this was a great read for me. I do feel the secret could have been more dramatic, but I loved the tension between the family. Would definitely recommend it.

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Two sisters uncover many secrets about their parents and grandparents after their grandfather dies and leaves them the task of piecing together the clues and lies. Lots of issues to unpack here in this emotional novel.

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4/5 ⭐️

This it’s a emotional/wrenching read, full of grief, secrets and family drama. I found this book at Netgalley and when I saw the cover and synopsis it got me and cannot resisted to request it. When I started reading , it was nonstop. Definitely it’s one of the best reads of the year. There are characters with disabilities, mental health conditions, and more. It’s a clean historical fiction that will transport you to that time.
Thanks to Netgalley and the author for the opportunity of reading the ARC of this amazing story.

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This was a really intriguing story! Heartbreaking throughout but so interesting and hard to put down! I really enjoyed the dual time lines, the sisters relationships and their struggles were relatable. The portrayal of Alzheimers was well done and overall I couldn't put this down once I started! If you like historical fiction with a but of mystery mixed in, this is the story for you!

Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and Elizabeth Langston for the advanced copy to review.

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The Measure of Silence is a story of loss, grief, family, secrets, and finding a way to build your life again. At the core, this book is about second chances and relationships.

Set in two time periods, Raine and Jessica are given a task of unearthing a family secret by their deceased beloved grandfather. Mariah is their grandmother, and she has dementia. The story is of Mariah and her life. Mariah has gone through a lot, and will the granddaughters understand and find in themselves to forgive their family members for keeping these secrets?

This story just broke my heart, and it will take some time for me to recover from the grief. Mariah's struggle to come out of terrible situations is endearing, and her struggle in the 60s as a woman is heartbreaking. To witness a horrible strategy, your own life affected by it like a domino effect and see it tumbling without any support is devastating on so many levels. I wanted more, to be honest. I wanted Kenny's viewpoint. I didn't want this book to end. Be prepared to cry because you will.

Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley, for this book. All opinions are my own.

CW: PTSD, grief, postpartum depression, child abandonment, description of physical assault, a historic tragedy, family secrets, loss

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Overall, I really enjoyed THE MEASURE OF SILENCE. The dual timeline format works well, and each of the POV characters provides an entertaining perspective.

The chapters from Mariah's POV are a little bit juvenile, both the character's viewpoint and the writing itself. However, I suppose this may have been intentional to reflect her youth and naive outlook.

Raine and Jessica can be a bit stereotypical at times, more like cardboard characters than real people. But for the most part this didn't bother me.

This is a good story that keeps the reader turning pages, and I appreciate the exploration of family secrets and how they can impact future generations. I was eager to find out what would happen next, and despite my minor quibbles above, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I will look forward to more from this author.

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4.5 ⭐️ The Measure of Silence springboards off of the events that happened on November 22, 1963 in Dealey Plaza, Texas, taking the reader on a deep dive into three generations. The struggles, heartbreak, family complications, and perseverance that follows. The author did not shy away from hard topics, but approached them in a gracious manner that did not make it seem overwhelming. This is a book that will stick with me for a long time and one I would love to read again.

Thank you kindly to the author, NetGalley, and the publisher for an advance copy of The Measure of Silence in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: The Measure of Silence
By: Elizabeth Langston

Genre:
Historical fiction, Women’s fiction,

Red Flags:
Infidelity, Depression, PTSD, Characters with Disabilities, Dementia, Loss,

Summary:
1963- Mariah and Hal are young and in love. On their way to the wedding, Mariah and Hal make a quick stop as President and Mrs. Kennedy’s motorcade stops…and the rest is history. Mariah and Hal embark on a lifetime filled with trauma. Sixty years later, Raine and Jessica are mourning the loss of their grandfather when they receive an unexpected gift, a key to a hope chest filled with family secrets.

Review:
Elizabeth Langston creates a storyline from two different time periods and multiple points of view. This novel is easy to follow, and handles very heavy topics (listed above) in a careful and understanding manner. The overall themes of loss, love, forgiveness and healing are my favorite highlights of Elizabeth Langston’s writing. The story left me wishing for a more personal connection between the main characters and the Kennedy’s, but overall still a great historical read. I can't wait for the next novel written by this author!

Thank you to Elizabeth Langston, Lake Union Publishing, and Netgalley for the Advanced Reader Copy for free. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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4.25⭐️

The Measure of Silence is an epic tale that weaves together history, complicated family dynamics, dealing with mental health issues and ptsd and how they shape us, and various women’s issues. I enjoyed it enough to read it more or less in one go, but had somewhat mixed feelings on the resolution.

Thank you Elizabeth Langston, Lake Union Publishing, and NetGalley for providing this ARC for review consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

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This book is an enjoyable read and perfect for any fans of historical fiction. It starts off with Mariah witnessing the assaisination of John F Kennedy. It jumps forward sixty years to two sisters trying to figure out secrets of their family history.
Many thanks to the author, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for a complimentary copy of the book. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Wow. I loved everything about this book. I’m a huge historical fiction reader and have always been obsessed with the JFK assassination. What would it have been like to be there and the trauma it holds for this who were there. Sisters Jessica and Raine have been left clues on their family’s past when their grandfather passed away. I loved following the clues, I thoroughly enjoyed the dual timeline to the 1960’s. I love that the author did her research on this book which added so much more depth. This books does deal with mental health issues and PTSD. You never know what is happening in someone else’s life. This is a good reminder of that.
Thank you Elizabeth Langston, Lake Union Publishing, and Netgalley for the honor of reading an ARC of this masterpiece. .

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Emotional read about two lives changed forever after witnessing the assassination of JFK. So many secrets revealed as two sisters dig to find the truth about their family. Papa's last request of the sisters is especially hard when no one wants to talk about the past. Very realistic view of the 1960's. Recommended.

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This is such a profound story of family discoveries and trauma. It starts out slow, but by the beginning of the second half, I didn't want to put it down. I needed to know what happened to this family. I think the author did a great job discussing mental health and how trauma affects generations of a family.

Readers of this novel should be aware that there are depictions of the JFK assassination, substance abuse, PTSD, physical and cognitive disabilities, and other mental health struggles. This is a great read for Disability Pride/Awareness month.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the e-ARC and for the opportunity to review this book. I will post my review on Instagram by or before the publish date (@ellie.reads.a.lot).

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This was a great novel about love, mistakes, family dynamics and more set against the assassination of JFK. I liked the story but wished there was more detail about the characters who witnessed JFK's last moments. I think more detail about that would have made this 5 stars instead of 4 for me. Overall this was a great read that gave me insight into how women were treated by society in the early 60s if they were unwed, pregnant, a single mother or sadly suffering g from PTSD or post partum depression. I also wish the book focused a little more on the character of Kenny.

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A dual time line novel where sisters Raine and Jessica sort through their grandmother Mariah's memorabilia to fund the truth about her past. It's a different take on the Kennedy assassination. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. A fast read that never goes too deep.

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Overall I enjoyed this book, but there were a couple things that didn’t work for me. The biggest was Jessica & her POV….she’s a workaholic trying to balance work and her marriage. We get it. But that’s literally all her chapters include except for the occasional visit to Mariah or going somewhere with Raine. I think I would’ve enjoyed this more had it just been the alternating POVs of Mariah & Raine and just had Jessica included in those. Also speaking of Raine, if I had a dollar for every time she drove somewhere & reading about how traffic thins out before she’ll talk while driving…I’d be pretty rich.

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I tore through this book in one day! I simply couldn't put it down. The layers of the story and the way it was told were fantastic. Such a great representation of the fact that each person experiences things in their own way. It was also a wonderful reminder that you should not take everything at face value, but work to discover the context so that you know the truth of a situation.

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This was such a good book. I love historical fiction, especially when it is about eras/ situations that I previously knew nothing about and this was definitely one of those books. It was so well researched and so compelling in its narrative that not only did I love reading it but I felt that I learned too. A really enjoyable read and perfect for any fans of historical fiction. This is a first for me by the author and one I enjoyed and I would read more of their work. The book cover is eye-catching and appealing and would spark my interest if in a bookshop. Thank you very much to the author, publisher and Netgalley for this ARC.

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