Title: Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters
Author: Emily Carpenter
Type: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Historical Fiction
Method Read: Physical
**Thank you to Lake Union Publishing for an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review**
“He didn’t understand how coming to Alabama had changed me. How I’d found a side of my grandmother I never knew existed.”
Emily Carpenter-Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters
Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters is a gripping novel told in dual perspectives that slides smoothly between past and present. In the past we follow Dove during the 1930’s, she’s an evangelical con-artist who make people believe she is a faith healer that heals the sick. In the future, Eve, Dove’s granddaughter finds out that in addition to her grandmother being a con she may also be a thief and murder. Eve wants to solve the mystery of her grandmother to protect the legacy of her family.
What a great story! I really appreciate the research the author put into this novel. It beautifully illustrates some of the history in the south during the Great Depression with faith healers and big name preachers. It left me wanting to look into the faith healers in the 1930’s. The story and characters were beautifully developed and the way the mystery was woven into the story was exceptional. Emily Carpenter’s writing is truly captivating and had just the right amount of everything a good novel should have. I can’t wait to read more books by Emily Carpenter.