The Eves

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The Eves

by Grace Sammons

A story told by a master storyteller

 You will need a box of tissues while reading this beautiful novel about forgiveness, love lost and gained, and truth. I was initially drawn to the setting of The Eves—the history of the Maryland shore, the majestic Chesapeake, and the bustle of Washington, DC. Ms. Sammons painted the scenes beautifully without bogging down the story. 

And what a story! Jessica Barnett tells her version of loss, the lies she tells, and the guarded avoidances. Her despair blinds her from the blessings of a beautiful friendship with Sonia, a relationship with Sonia’s daughter, and the budding love with handyman, Roy. Jessica’s life turns around when she meets a group of elders, women who, for a variety of serendipitous events, live together at The Eves, a sustainable community. Each character had a clear voice, a  distinct presence and a story to tell and learn from. Jessica was tasked to hear and record their stories, their legacies, and eventually found the peace and courage to face her demons and let love enter her life. 

The power of story weaves throughout the book. The only disappointment was learning that The Eves was a completely fictitious place. How I wish The Eves truly existed! What a gift it would be and the stories that could be told. 


I am trying my hand in writing book reviews. Writers are first readers. It is important to share book reviews so that fellow readers may be able to find their next great read. Thanks to  Deb from Deb’s WorldJo from And Anyways, Donna from Retirement Reflections and Sue from Women Living Well After 50 for co-hosting the Whats on Your Bookshelf Challenge. Every third Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Every third Friday PM (Southern Hemisphere) of the month, one can share in the comments, a blog post, or on other social media platform. Join in and be sure to include the hashtag #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge so your link is included in the posts.

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Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.
The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

16 thoughts

    1. Thank you, Donna. The compliments mean a lot coming from you. I think you very much like THe Eves. I had virtually met teh author who is a delightful person and likes to visit book clubs.

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      1. Determination is the key to conquer fear, when you give a try to will get better result beyond your expectations… @Antoinette Truglio Martin I will like to know more about you and read more of your reviews, this is my email address {r.robertallard123@gmail.com}, send me yours, I will be very happy to hear from you.

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