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Friday, November 11, 2011

Review: A Watershed Year by Susan Schoenberger

imagePublisher: GuidepostsBooks  
ISBN: 0824948564
Pages320 pages
Genre: Fiction  
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:
A woman in the midst of heartbreak finds renewed purpose in her life when she decides to adopt a young boy from Russia in this powerful and triumphant debut novel.
Two months after the death of her best friend Harlan, Lucy remains haunted by the things she never told him including her deep love for him. Then she begins receiving emails he'd arranged to be sent after his death, emails that will change the course of her life. One email in particular haunts her -- he tells her he is certain she is destined for motherhood. Thus begins her watershed year.
It is said that out of despair comes hope and in her grief, Lucy finds that the possibility of adopting a child offers her a new chance for a fulfilled life. When she travels to Russia to meet four-year-old Mat she sees in him a soul that is as lonely and lost as hers. Slowly they learn to trust one another and each begins healing. It is when Mat's father comes to America to reclaim his child that a truth about Mat's past is revealed, a truth that might shatter Lucy's fragile little family forever.
A Watershed Year is a powerful story of love, loss, redemption, and what it means to be a mother proving that out of despair can come joy and the beauty of second chances. Includes a reader's guide and questions for book clubs.

My Review: 
I am a bit delayed with this review. Every time I started to write it, something catastrophic or distracting happened…my computer crashed, migraine from Hades, and doctor’s waiting room of doom but I am finally getting around to it tonight.

First of all, the story between Lucy and Harlan is simply heartbreaking. They are best friends and coulda woulda shoulda been lovers. Lucy nursed him through his final months and after his death, he sets it up so Lucy receives an email from him every month. Just that in and of itself is a tearjerker. It reminded me of P.S. I Love You—it’s on my never to be watched again list. His emails also inspire her to adopt a 4 year old Russian boy. I loved the way these two plotlines flowed together.

I started this book with not the best expectations in the world. I have had my fill of sad books lately and I didn’t think that another could keep my attention for very long. This one did keep my attention and I really ended up enjoying the book. It was heartwrenching but so good. I also loved Schoenberger’s writing style. It was very lyrical and it flowed so well.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.


  1. I have less than a hundred pages to go with this one and I am pleasantly surprised with how readable it is. I'm having a hard time putting it down.

  2. It's funny that you mentioned P.S. I Love You, Grace. I started my novel long before the book/then movie came out, but it probably derailed at least one round of publisher submissions because the movie was so bad, and there are similarities in the concept. I'm glad you took the plunge and got past that. Thanks for the wonderful review, and I hope you are feeling better!

  3. "heartwrenching but so good" is a great recommendation in my mind! Thanks for being on the tour.



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