Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Night Sky by Maria Sutton

When the author of this beautiful memoir contacted me and asked me if I would like to read her book and give a review, I was honored. But then I had a few reservations when I began reading. The subtitle is “A Journey From Dachau to Denver and Back” and I wasn’t sure I was ready to make that journey. Over the years I’ve read quite a few books about this time period and it is not always pleasant.

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But once I started the book, I could not put it down. I won’t tell you the details because I hope you will buy this book, read it and be open to the surprise ending.

She searches for a father she’s never met. For years she searches, and as you read, you find yourself hoping for a happy reunion.

Of course when she sets out to solve the mystery of her father’s whereabouts and his life, more mysteries present themselves. My favorite part of the whole book was a mystery that she solved along the way, not involving her father at all.

She brought in the history of this time frame and I think the book was well documented. She traveled around the world and I enjoyed hearing about Poland, Germany and the Ukraine, and seeing the wonderful photos she included in the book. Of course my favorite photo is the one of her Grandmother, Maria Czeczerski taken in Krasne, Ukraine in 1915. It’s featured on the cover of the book. My other favorite photo was on page 193 but I won’t reveal what it is, only that it is a photo from a newspaper article.

I cried reading this book. I even stopped reading when I reached chapter 12. I waited 2 days to read this chapter. It was the ‘rejoicing’ chapter, I think. I sat down one morning to read this chapter and finished the book. When I read the last page, I cried again.

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Thank you, Maria for allowing me the privilege of following you on this journey. You made some important discoveries along the way and many friends and family that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. It’s an important book and very well written. I felt like you were in the room with me, telling me the story.  I enjoyed your book and I know my blog readers will, too.

This book is available from Amazon...click HERE.

You’ll be glad you did!

(I just checked and there are only 16 copies left in stock on Amazon!)

Thank you so much Maria!

26 comments:

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Lavender Dreams,

I'm sorry I haven't visited with you this week, Mom kept me busy with craft mailings.

I was sad cause you cried, but I know there are happy tears so that made me feel better. If I know you're sad I am sad too.

Heaps of Hugs
Prudence

Vee said...

Diane, you make me want to read it, too.

laurie said...

oh my gosh, I have to read this now!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

It sounds like a great book!!!

Sheila said...

Thanks for the recommendation -it sounds like a fascinating journey and I'll try to read it.

hootnonny said...

Wonderful review...makes me want to read it!

Abe Lincoln said...

It must be a good read.

Donna said...

Thank you for the review! I just ordered it for my Kindle!

PatC - All is Bright said...

Sounds like a book on my list to read very soon. Maybe a good gift hint for my kids! Diane - when are you going to write your book? With all your travels I'm sure it would be very interesting.

Hugs
Pat

Joy said...

Great review Diane! So great that she emailed you asking you to review it for her. Have a wonderful weekend!

Flora said...

Sounds like a wonderful book!!

Love of the Sea said...

Sounds very interesting!!! I will have to check it out. Thank you for sharing!!!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

This sounds like a book that I would like to read. Thanks for the recommendation.

Pam at Antique or Not said...

There's nothing more I love than a good book. This one's definitely going on my wish list.

Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Hugs,
Pam

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

What a great review! Certainly has my curiosity piqued. And even better that it's a true story. I'm sure it will do well.
Have a great Thanksgiving.
Mary Lou

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I WILL buy this book. Not only because it is the kind of book I like..but because of the rave review it got from you Diane. And I trust your judgement. Thanks so much for steering me to a good read.
:)'s and love,
Mona

Tammy said...

Thanks for the review! I'll keep this in mind next time I'm perusing the bookstore shelves to select a new read.

Happy@Home said...

Great job with your review, Diane.
This sounds like a book I would like to read.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow this sounds like a really good book and well worth reading. Sounds like it would make a great Christmas gift for a book lover! Thanks for letting us know about it!

Tina said...

Sounds like a really interesting book. I will have to put it on my birthday/Christmas list! Thank you for posting about it.

Have a wonderful week.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Now that's a review.

Honest, and straightforward, but with a few teasers added in for spice.

I will take a look at the site.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Added it to my Amazon wish list after reading your review. What an honor to be hand picked to review her book.

Anne said...

Sounds fascinating! My book club read two different books about women caught in that time in history... this would be a good addition.

Pam said...

It sounds like a wonderful read, Diane.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This sounds like an amazing book, Diane, and one I would enjoy reading as my maternal grandmother was from the Ukraine. Plus I have special connection to Denver ;)

GardenofDaisies said...

Thanks for sharing this book with us. I'll have to look for that one.