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 husband’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 women—thrown together in the name of family—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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