Monday, December 3, 2012

The Ordinary Truth by Jana Richman

From Goodreads - When Nell Jorgensen buried her husband, she buried a piece of herself—and more than one secret. Now, thirty-six years later, the rift between Nell and her daughter Kate threatens to implode as Kate, now forty-six and a water manager for the Nevada Water Authority, plans to pipe water from a huge aquifer that lies beneath the family ranch to thirsty Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Nell's twenty-one-year-old granddaughter Cassie intends to unearth those old secrets and repair the resentments that grew in their place. Throughout the novel, sparse and beautiful landscapes surround an emotional wilderness of love, loss, and family.

Jana Richman writes a  saga steeped in secrets and family bonds.  Nell, Kate and Cassie's stories all blend together into one page-turning novel that will keep you immersed in their journeys.  Set in the Mountains of Schell Creek and Spring Valley in Nevada, Kate wants to lay a pipeline to Las Vegas for their family ranch.  But Cassie wants her grandmother and mother to repair their broken relationship.  Along the way, there is heartbreak, sorrow, guilt and love with riveting, complex characters that will have you joyful for their small triumphs and empathetic for their losses.

Richman has a way of capturing the human spirit and building a realistic world for her characters that makes it authentic.  I enjoyed coming to know all three women and their lives, their pasts and how their stories connected.  It's the secrets and how they would be revealed that propelled me forward, yearning for more.  If you love suspenseful, family sagas set in a beautiful landscape, pick up The Ordinary Truth today!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. You had me at "aquifer." I love when books deal with water issues. I need to check this out!


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