Book Review Of “Bethlehem” By Karen Kelly @StMartinsPress

With the writing chops of Ian McEwan and the story-craft of Lisa Wingate, Karen Kelly weaves a shattering debut about two intertwined families and the secrets that they buried during the gilded, glory days of Bethlehem, PA.

A young woman arrives at the grand ancestral home of her husbandโ€™s family, hoping to fortify her cracking marriage. But what she finds is not what she expected: tragedy haunts the hallways, whispering of heartache and a past she never knew existed.

Inspired by the true titans of the steel-boom era, Bethlehem is a story of temptation and regret, a story of secrets and the cost of keeping them, a story of forgiveness. It is the story of two complex womenโ€”thrown together in the name of familyโ€”who, in coming to understand each other, come finally to understand themselves.

Thank you St. Martins Press, and Netgalley for gifting me an E-Arc Of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

This cover was stunning, and I love the premise. While it may have been slightly predictable, I still really enjoyed the story. I found it to be very timeless, this is the kind of story that people won’t tire of hearing. Does that make sense?

I loved the rich, detailed writing, and the emotions that it evoked from me, I was really pulling for Joanna, I found myself really drawn to her character. I loved the time period, and the descriptions of the city, the clothes, the atmosphere.

A downside that I can see is, there were a lot of characters, almost too many to keep track of, and at some points it did become somewhat of a slow read. But other than that, I did enjoy the book.

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