A family death always leaves untied ends. In this case two sisters areleft with three
boxes of memorablia, with instructions how to proceed. What they did not anticipate
was decades oldsecrets which were shocking, unexpected and had ramifications for tge
Left with so much documentary evidence, Jessica and Raine try to put together pieces
of their grandmother's past, why she kept so much secret and how they should handle
the future, given the complications in their own lives.
A very good story of a family crossing three generations, a closely knit family who
now have to forgive and move forward. Very well written.
3.75/5 stars. Raine and Jessica’s grandfather passes away, leaving behind instructions for them to uncover a family secret, that will change their lives as they know it. These sisters embark on a journey together to sift through their family’s history, and are shocked at what they find.
This was a great read. I loved the character development and the inclusion of a neurodivergent main character. The concept did remind me of Black Cake in a way, so if you enjoyed that book, give this a read! It’s a bit historical fiction, a bit contemporary as well as a bit of mystery. This book will be available on July 18th, 2023!
Many thanks to NetGalley, Elizabeth Langston and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC.
What a profound and heartfelt story. Full of family discoveries and revealed secrets, this historical fiction is sure to captivate readers. I loved reading about the connections that exist and grow between the generations of a family as the two sisters work together to uncover hidden secrets.
As expected in a story such as this, there is family drama that gets worked out and uncovered. I thought it was handled well and that the author did a good job of writing how trauma affects the generations of a family. Plus, the journey of discovery and growth that the sisters go through makes this a compelling read. I do wish there was more to their relationship with their mother, though.
I recommend this to historical fiction readers who enjoy doses of family drama and discovery.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC and for the opportunity to review this book. I am voluntarily leaving this review.
I had mixed feelings about this one.
I liked Raine a lot and liked that she steps out of her comfort zone to solve the mystery her grandfather wanted her to solve.
Jessica is learning more about herself as she tries to figure out how to balance her time, be better friends with her sister, and forgive family members.
I liked the looking back in history and learning about the family that way.
I liked the look at Mariah being there when Kennedy was shot and how that affected her life.
This is a good book about family and how the history can change and shape a family, for better or worse.
In the end I felt that Jessica and Raine had a better sister relationship, but I couldn't feel the emotion of them being closer.
But all together this is a good read.
Thanks NetGalley for this ARC
This is a story about family and with that we always know there will be secrets, lies and of course truth and forgiveness in the end. This is what I love about a good book about families.
It is a book that is well written, which draws you in and takes you on this ride along with the sisters. It takes you from 1963 to sixty years later, love, loss and two sister's fulfilling their grandfathers last wishes. The characters are wonderful and they are what make this story so real and believable.
A wonderful story of and I highly recommend it.
Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
When I was going through the “read now” NetGalley listings this week, the title and cover of this book caught my attention immediately. The way it begins with flashing back to that tragic November 1963 day in Dallas was very intense. I did find that I struggled a bit to keep focused on the present day story, despite the compelling intergenerational family narrative.
I sincerely appreciate the opportunity, from Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, to obtain this ARC.
It seems I am in the minority here, but this book just did not work for me.
The premise is just bad: Raine and Jessica - sisters who receive a letter after their grandfather's death that reveals clues to the family secret that they must figure out.
Seriously. Could their Grandfather not have just sat them down anytime in the last oh, 5 years to clue them in? Why make such a production about everything? Mariah can't provide her story as she suffers from Alzheimer's. Their mother refused to tell them for reasons I still can't understand.
Also, it seemed that each character had their ONE feature and that was pushed to the max. Raine and Jessica - one was a type A workaholic news producer, the other suffers from ADHD/OCD. Each written completely stereotypically. The same for the other characters who had their own quirks; postpartum depression, the jealous girlfriend turned wife; the country hick boy from the wrong side of town, the supportive lawyer husband/father who barely has time for his kids, etc., etc.
And the biggest piece of all is WHY did they even bother keeping the film from 22 November? If it was that traumatic, why wouldn't it have been destroyed, thrown out or even left behind somewhere?
Just too many issues for me to have enjoyed this book.
A novel about family, truth, decisions, and forgiveness.
Mariah was a witness of Dallas, 1963 tragedy. A tragedy that split her life into before and after, which started their long family history. Now, sixty years later, Mariah's memories already fading. Her granddaughters, Jessica and Raine still grieving from their grandfather's passed, told about his dying wish to uncover decades of their family's secrets. The sisters unite to find out what secrets are hidden from them and struggle to understand decisions and choices taken that affect their family, and threatened to ruin them apart.
A powerful and heartwarming story about family, decisions, understanding, and forgiveness. Also touched the subject of motherhood, and women's struggle. The characters careful develop, and the story flow naturally.
My main problem with this book, is the relationship's between the protagonists. As a fan of sibling's journey, I barely feel connection between Jessica and Raine, I understand that at first it was on purpose, because it was the picture of their relationship, hence the wish for them to work together, to bring them closer. Unfortunately, even after the end, I don't particularly feels the change. And not to mention, their mother, it would be more impactful if we get the glimpse of their relationship. The sister barely mention their mother and I don't feel connection between them at all.
It was a nice reading. And suited for people who enjoy family drama, and journey to discovery and uncovering secrets and trauma.
I would like to thank Netgalley, the publishers, and the author for providing me a digital copy of this book.
I was drawn to this novel because of the historical component of JFK’s assassination. This story is full of family secrets, complex choices and heartbreak. I think this will be a favorite for book clubs as there are many interesting topics to discuss. Overall, I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to others.
I really like this authors take on historical fiction and this one centered around Kennedy . I thought the characters were believable and it was just well done and just overall a good story
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review the book
The Measure of Silence is a historical fiction following two sisters on their journey to uncover their family secrets. This is a beautiful story with explores generational secrets and the trauma those memories, secrets and lies cause. Overall this is a profoundly emotional book with really interesting aspects of history and great twists.
This historical fiction involving President JFK's assassination was such a page turner! I enjoyed the flashbacks and time line and got so involved in the story! I would highly recommend this to a fan of historical fiction!
Elizabeth Langston’s The Measure of Silence is the beautifully written story of two sisters sent on a search to uncover family secrets by their recently deceased grandfather. It’s also a book full of so many trigger warnings that I don’t know who I could safely recommend it to.
The author wrote so convincingly of generational trauma, grief, mental illness, the pain of uncovering lies told within families, the multitude of emotions felt both by those suffering from dementia and those who love them, and more. Had I known how often this story would cut right down to the bone, I would never have picked it up.
The writing is wonderful and the story is fascinating. The problem lies with the marketing of this book. The official blurb available on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. doesn’t sufficiently describe the nature of the story. Publishing companies seem to have a problem these days with either spoiling the entire story or not giving you enough information to make an informed decision in their advertising. In this case, we are not provided enough information.
The Measure of Silence definitely deserves an audience, but not everyone should read it. My advice is to go to StoryGraph and look at the content warnings other readers have generously left for you. If you can handle them, absolutely read this book. If you see something that is a sensitive topic for you, wait for Elizabeth Langston’s next book. I’m sure it’s going to be a good one.
What an excellent book. It had me hooked from the first page. At first I was a little hesitant but I could not put it down. Inheritating boxes from their grandfather, Raine and Jessica must sort out the mystery that happened in the past and they had to decide what to do with the information they found. It was their grandmother Mariahs secrets in her hope chest and since their grandmothers memory is falling they want to unravel and get answers.
This one kept me guessing until the end. Thank you Net Galley for allowing me to read this book.
The Measure of Silence is a beautiful, but difficult, story about families - their decisions, deceptions, loves, longings and resolutions. It brings in an element of historical fiction that drives the main story from the beginning to the end. The characters are carefully developed and include a main character who is present throughout the story with a impactful influence but doesn’t have his own voice.
Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this sweet ARC.
This book took so many twists and turns that I wasn't expecting! I thought it was going to be one kind of a book but it was so much more than that! It has several different POV's which took a little bit to get into the rhythm of, but once I did I didn't want to put it down. I couldn't wait to be done working for the day so I could go back to this book!!! Mariah, Raine, and Jessica, three very different women but I loved each one of them and their stories! Elizabeth Langston is now one of my must read authors!
The Measure of Silence is a moving and emotional read that will touch your heart and make you think about the power of choices, the importance of communication and the value of family. It is a book that will stay with you long after you finish it. If you enjoy historical fiction with a touch of mystery and romance, you will love this book.
Ah, the joy and grief of family... Impressive story, quite some characters that were well-developed and what a choice of title – I'm still mulling this over (in a good way) after finishing the book which was easy to read, had a nice flow and clear setting of the chapters.
And yet... I'm feeling a bit off about the storyline set in the present time with the two sisters, their relationship with their mother, that there were absolutely no scenes and that the ending was a bit rosy (for want of a better word).
However, that doesn't discourage me to find out more about this (new to me) author :)
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book.
This tale -- not publishing until July 2023 -- has so many similarities to a book I reviewed on 2/14/2022, that I cannot recommend it.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine.
Synopsis (It's a fiction book, so it helps…from Netgalley, the provider of the book for me to review.)
Two sisters fulfilling their grandfather’s dying wish uncover decades of secrets in a powerful novel about family, truth, and forgiveness.
Dallas, Dealey Plaza, 1963. Nineteen-year-old Mariah Byrne is following her dream of a career in photography. One moment she’s filled with joy and hope. In the next, the world―and Mariah’s life―is split into before and after. What follows, and the unconventional decisions Mariah makes, will affect her and her family forever.
Sixty years later, sisters Raine and Jessica grieve the death of their grandfather. For both his beloved grandgirls, Papa leaves behind a last wish and an unexpected key to their grandmother Mariah’s hope chest. Explore its contents, he writes, and follow where they lead. But what secrets can their family history possibly hold?
Raine and Jessica unite to piece together the mystery of a past they never knew existed. But facts can’t reveal the whole story. With Mariah’s memories fading, the sisters struggle to understand her choices before the truth disappears forever.
A wonderful novel combining history, family, and memories and how they can all affect our lives. We are slowly losing people who remember where they were when Kennedy was shot and this book is a way to live through someone who (fictionally) lived through it and how it affected their lives. (I cannot imagine having been there and seen it!)
Highly recommended for history buffs and lovers of family-based fiction.