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All the Forgivenesses A Publishers Marketplace Buzz Books selection Set in Appalachia and the Midwest at the turn of the twentieth century this exuisite debut novel paints an intimately rendered portrait of one resilient farm family's challenges and hard won triumphs helmed by an unforgettable heroine Growing up on their hardscrabble farm in rural Kentucky fifteen year old Albertina Bertie Winslow has learned a lot from her mama Polly She knows how to lance a boil make a pie crust butcher a pig and tend to every chore that needs doing What she doesn't know but is forced to reckon with all too soon is how to look after children as a mother should When Polly succumbs to a long illness Bertie takes on responsibility for her four younger siblings and their dissolute unreliable daddy Yet no matter how hard she tries to hold the family together the task is overwhelming Nine year old Dacia especially is resentful and stubborn hinting at secrets in their mama's life Finally Bertie makes the only choice she can breaking up the family for its own survival keeping the girls with her sending the boys off to their grown brothers long gone from homeEver pragmatic Bertie marries young grateful to find a husband willing to take on the care of her sisters and eventually moves to the oil fields of Kansas But marriage alone cannot resolve the grief and guilt she carries over a long ago tragedy or prepare her for the heartaches still to come Only by confronting wrenching truths can she open herself to joy and learn how to not only give but receive unfettered loveInspired by stories told by the author's mother and aunts All the Forgivenesses is as authentic as it is lyrical a captivating novel of family loyalty redemption and resilience


10 thoughts on “All the Forgivenesses

  1. says:

    From the front of the book As we know forgiveness of oneself is the hardest of all the forgivenesses Joan BaezBertie the heroine of our tale was the eldest girl born in a family of nine in rural Kentucky in the early 19th century Because of her gender her mother taught Bertie everything about keeping house and how to care for children which Bertie e


  2. says:

    Set in the early 1900s Bertie Winslow is a big help to her mother attending to chores and watching her younger siblings Her mother battling an illness comes to rely and on Bertie while spoiling Bertie's younger sister Dacia When her mother dies at fifteen Bertie is now responsible for her four younger siblings Dacia is angry and difficult often fru


  3. says:

    I received this from Netgalleycom for a review This story is told by Bertie At 15 she is forced to take over full care of her younger siblings and the household Bertie marries young grateful to find a husband willing to take on the care of her sisters As time moves on Bertie comes to better understand herself only by confronting wrenching truths She o


  4. says:

    Oh I loved this And I’m so sad it ended Bertie I would very happily read a full Little House in the Prairie length series about Bertie and her lifeBertie is so hard on herself and has a hardscrabble farming life in the early twentieth century Midwest and she broke my heart constantly by feeling like she didn’t deserve happiness and by never realizi


  5. says:

    I'm sad that I am done reading this wonderful book I could read a whole series on the life and family of Bertie It would make such a good movie too Bertie is a young girl with big responsibilities placed on her Her Mama is unstable and her Daddy an alcoholic She takes on the raising of her siblings and carries the burden of a terrible loss She meets and


  6. says:

    All the Forgiveness is told in the voice of Bertie a teenage girl from the south in the early 1900’s Hardinger does a remarkable job catching the feelings and reactions of a young woman going through tremendous hardship over and over again Hardinger also does an incredible job capturing the love of family responsibility mothering and creating kinship w


  7. says:

    Bertie is growing up uickly on her parents’ small farm in rural Kentucky and when her mama passes away when Bertie is fifteen she’s left with the responsibility of looking after her younger siblings and dealing with a daddy who is drunk often than not She desperately tries to hold the family together but eventually faces the reality that the only way


  8. says:

    I didn’t want this book to end because I had fallen hard for these characters Times were hard in the Appalachian Hills of Kentucky at the turn of the century but as I turned the pages of this book I wantedneeded Bertie to get a break Bertie and Timmy liked to play hide and go seek together until the day little Timmy wedged himself into a tight spot and c


  9. says:

    What a life Bertie had Set in the early 1900's Missouri and Kentucky Bertie was left with a mountain of responsibility for her fifteen year old self to face Things had happened in young Bertie's past that she still hadn't come to terms with something that filled her heart with guilt; then another looming life altering event left her with the responsibility


  10. says:

    Loved loved loved this book granted to me by Netgalley Kensington Books and the author in exchange for an honest reviewTold in the thick Kentucky accent of the early 1900's this story is stunning How the author managed to write an entire manuscript in this dialect is impressive to say the leastThe story is told in the voice of Bertie who we follow from a ver


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