FaithfulFaithful by Alice Hoffman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  January 24 to 25, 2017

I can hardly believe that I have never read a novel by ALICE HOFFMAN before……….
What was I thinking and where have I been? Obviously not in the right section of the bookstore!

FAITHFUL by ALICE HOFFMAN was a spellbinding and beautifully told coming-of-age story that I devoured in two sittings which rarely happens for me as I normally don’t get that much time to read in a sitting!

Although I do find the embossed floral blue COVER of this book very attractive and pretty it isn’t the reason I chose this book to read. It was actually chosen for me to read by my thoughtful sister who bought this book and let me read it first. She is so nice! Thank you, Brenda!

To be totally honest while I was reading this novel I didn’t really discover any clues or figure out the reasoning behind why the author chose this particular TITLE for her book.  I looked up the definition of FAITHFUL and it means loyal, constant, and steadfast.  So I am taking a guess here that this is directed more to the anonymous postcards that Shelby received which had some motivational and inspirational sayings on them to help Shelby through her grief, survivor guilt, and recovery.

I really enjoyed the main CHARACTER (Shelby) and the relationships that were formed as we followed along her journey to see if she was able to have closure and forgive herself.  I was captivated by ALICE HOFFMAN’S writing style here as I was never bored and she had me wanting to turn those pages rather quickly.

The ENDING was heartwarming, touching, and satisfying for another enjoyable read. Would recommend!!

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