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Bethlehem: A Novel af Karen Kelly
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Bethlehem: A Novel (udgave 2019)

af Karen Kelly (Forfatter)

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A haunting debut." --Georgia Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of We Were the Lucky Ones"Karen Kelly is the real deal." --Mark Sullivan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet SkyA young woman arrives at her mother-in-law's intimidating but glorious gilded home in Bethlehem, PA, happy that her husband is to assume leadership of the family steel business. But what greets her is not the happy household she expects, run by the beautiful Susannah, but hallways where whispered secrets and allusions to tragedy haunt her and speak to a past she had no idea existed.Told in alternating time frames, 1962 and the 1920's, when the true titans of Bethlehem Steel got their start, this is the story of what happens "when youthful joys fade and heartache takes hold...It is about how far mothers will go to protect their families, and how far wives can be pressed before they push back.… (mere)
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Titel:Bethlehem: A Novel
Forfattere:Karen Kelly (Forfatter)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2019), 304 pages
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Oh my, what a book. I was moved to tears so often just went ahead and got the entire box of tissues to have ready. I loved the dual time line and multiple character story lines. I of course have heard of Bethlehem Steel but knew very little about the town and the wide spread influence of the company. It was very interesting to see what life for the family was like. I highly recommend this book. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
My curiosity for this book began with the enchanting cover, it's beauty instantly drawing me in. Sadly, my excitement was quickly extinguished for several reasons, first being the painfully slow beginning that is diluted with character names and nicknames. I felt so lost, and trying to keep up with which character was which, plus the nicknames, made me almost give up before I really dived into the story itself!

Once I got my bearings as far as the characters and dual plot lines, I was able to properly immerse myself in the drama of the Collier and Parish families. Bethlehem is told through the eyes of matriarch Susannah, flashing back to her youth in the 1920's, and her daughter-in-law Joanna in the 1960's, who's family has come to stay with Susannah and her mother in the family mansion. The views of both women are clear and concise, but despite the depth of the characters themselves, and their stories, I fought to connect with them, despite the depressing and suppressive situations they both find themselves in.

Truth be told, this novel isn't particularly what I had been expecting. To me, it didn't really feel like a historical fiction, which is what I was hoping for, but it's lacking any significant historical events. There are a few cultural references in the flashbacks, but otherwise the story could really fall into any time period.

There is a certain charm to the tale that kept me engaged, especially the 1920's time line. I absolutely adore that era and honestly would've been fine if Joanne's story wasn't even included. It's a strong enough premise to hold its own, and I believe I would've liked it better if it would've been the main focus.

All in all, Bethlehem wasn't a terrible read, but the pace is on the slower side, the entire premise and feel is dark and depressing, and I had really wanted to love it, but it was just ok.

*I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley. All views and opinions are completely honest, and my own. ( )
  cflores0420 | Jan 8, 2021 |
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this ARC.

In short, Bethlehem is told in two time frames...early 1920s and early 1960s...about the Collier and Parrish Families, then and now. It’s about secrets kept and how they form the future. In the 60s, Frank and Joanna move to Bethlehem, PA after the death of his father to his family estate. Frank is working long hours, which leaves Joanna with Frank’s grandmother and mother for adult conversation, along with their two children. In the 20s, the Parrish family is elite society, as head of Bethlehem Steel. The Collier Family moves there when the father takes the job of head engineer. The families become best friends, both parents and kids. The past will influence the future.

There are many characters in this book...it took me a while to keep them all straight. The storyline was predictable, but I felt some situations were not fully resolved. The writing is beautiful, the author has an extensive vocabulary which I found somewhat annoying but it did add to the 1920 genteel society. I enjoyed the references to Bethlehem Steel (my father worked for a local steel company that was bought out by Bethlehem Steel), Devon Horse Show and Lehigh University. The story flowed effortlessly between the two eras.

This is a good book for the beach or a lazy weekend. ( )
  LoriKBoyd | Mar 24, 2020 |
Did not finish. Could just not get into it. The characters were not attention-holders. The exposition lasted way too long - longer than I cared to read. The chart of the two families in the beginning of the book gives a hint as to the confusing nature of the relationships. Just meh. ( )
  ChayaLovesToRead | Nov 16, 2019 |
A family of privilege. A majestic ancestral home. A strained marriage. A tragic accident. A family secret lurking in the shadows. If you like character-driven historical fiction novels that have more than one story-line and provides readers with an atmospheric experience of time and place, this may be the perfect read for you. This is definitely the kind of story I tend to gravitate towards on a lazy weekend when the weather makes staying indoors, curled up with a cup of tea and a book, so appealing. The story starts off rather slowly - more of a slow wandering pace - that is coupled with the author's detail oriented prose. I am a reader who appreciates descriptive setting details and don't mind when a story takes a bit of time to get going. This story isn’t all glitz and glamorous, fancy parties, chauffeur-driven cars and a life of privilege. At its heart, this is a story about love, temptation, regret, loss, acceptance and forgiveness.

As I have mentioned, the author's prose is delightfully descriptive. I found it easy to visualize the grand rooms at Brynmor and the lavish – bordering on decadent – 1920s debutante ball. The two story-lines – one set at the onset of the 1920s focuses on Susannah’s generation and the 1960s story-line representing the 'present day' - work well together. I found myself growing to appreciate Susannah and marveling at her strength. Joanna, not so much, but that stems from my difficulty in seeing Joanna's situation as a hardship or struggle. That being said, this story is strong on relationships and how relationship dynamics can change into surprisingly unexpected friendships. As for the family secret, I admit, I am a sucker for stories with a family secret at its root, and the author has created a lovely web of intrigue that slowly reveals the truth to the reader.

Overall, a wonderful historical fiction story set in the American steel-boom era.

I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  lkernagh | Sep 2, 2019 |
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A haunting debut." --Georgia Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of We Were the Lucky Ones"Karen Kelly is the real deal." --Mark Sullivan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet SkyA young woman arrives at her mother-in-law's intimidating but glorious gilded home in Bethlehem, PA, happy that her husband is to assume leadership of the family steel business. But what greets her is not the happy household she expects, run by the beautiful Susannah, but hallways where whispered secrets and allusions to tragedy haunt her and speak to a past she had no idea existed.Told in alternating time frames, 1962 and the 1920's, when the true titans of Bethlehem Steel got their start, this is the story of what happens "when youthful joys fade and heartache takes hold...It is about how far mothers will go to protect their families, and how far wives can be pressed before they push back.

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