Monday, April 27, 2009

Review & Blog Tour : Follow Me by Joanna Scott

I read Follow Me by Joanna Scott as part of the April Blog Tour with Hachette Books. This is the story of a young woman's search for herself and as readers, we follow her along this journey through her life. Sally Werner was born and raised on a farm in Pennsylvania with her siblings and immigrant parents. She makes many impulsive decisions as a young girl and along the way into adulthood. She abandons her home and family and follows a path along a river that continues to be a focus throughout her life. She finally tells the truth of her life, six decades later, to her granddaughter and namesake. Sally, the granddaughter, then finds herself on a journey of uncovering the truth to her grandmothers secrets and past history.

The story unravels slowly and in the style of a saga or epic. It was a slow start for me, and I had trouble immersing myself fully into this long story. I found Sally and her impulsive decisions annoying at times but I certainly felt empathy for many of the situations she went through. She was a strong lady who persevered through many trials and tribulations. I enjoyed the parts told through the eyes of her granddaughter Sally and how she unwound the truth about her grandmother and unraveled many family secrets. Joanna Scott is a true storyteller and she weaves a strong and intense story. If you enjoy a saga or epic style novel rich in details and storytelling style you will enjoy Follow Me by Joanna Scott.

Published: April 22, 2009

Thank you to Miriam at Hachette Books for sending me this book.

Check back tomorrow for details on how you can enter the giveaway for your own copy of Follow Me by Joanna Scott.

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  1. I found Sally frustrating too, but when I thought about her background, her actions weren't really all that surprising. Plus, she did eventually settle down.

  2. Bonnie, I think we had much the same thoughts on this novel. I just found it too long. I wonder if it hadn't been half the size if it wouldn't have been much better. I just had some trouble with the ongoing narrative it seemed. There never seemed to be a rest. So, it's not my favorite book but it was good. I was interested in what would happen to Sally. I've been reading some of the reviews out there and it's interesting to see what others liked or didn't like about it. We're definitely all unique in our reading.

  3. Hi Bonnie. Nice Review. I agree about it being a rich story. I really like the grandmother/granddaughter theme. I still have to finish the book halfway through it Sally is annoying me with her choices that seem to perpetuate more bad circumstances.

  4. Thanks for joining the blog tour! :)

  5. I had a tough time getting into this novel as well.

  6. Calling Joanna Scott a true storyteller is a great compliment. :) I enjoyed your review. :)

  7. This one was a hard read for me, too. I think it could have been much shorter.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  8. Good review - I'm looking forward to reading this book!


  9. Bonnie,
    Great review and I know that you had some problems with the book being a little slow. I'm glad that you gave us your honest thoughts and opinions. I would probably try to read this book myself just based on your review. I'm a sucker sometimes for sagas!!

  10. I also appreciate your honest review. I have a copy of this I need to read soon, so it's good to know what to expect. I like the idea of a saga though, so that part sounds good.


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