The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After reading too many thrillers this summer, The Truth According to Us was a wonderful respite. I found it charming and readable although I have to agree with other reviewers that it's a bit long.
THE STORY: When she refuses to marry her father's choice for a husband, wealthy Layla Beck is banished to the fictional town of Macedonia, W.Va. where she must write a history for the W.P.A. (Federal Writers' Project). Renting a room from the Romeyns, she finds a different way of life and discovers a talent for writing. But there are secrets that threaten to destroy the family she has come to love.
WHAT I THOUGHT: What a perfect book to read during the summer! The author creates the Southern small town of our imaginations, peopled with people we would wish to sit on a front portch with drinking lemonade and fanning away the heat.
FIRST SENTENCE: "In 1938, the year I was twelve, my hometown of Macedonia, West Virginia, celebrated its sesquicentennial, a word I thought had to do with fruit fro the longest time."
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Title: The Truth According to Us
Author: Annie Barrows
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: The Dial Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
No. of Pages:512 pages
Copyright: June 9, 2015
Annie Barrows, an American editor and author, is best known for the Ivy and Bean series of children's books and for being the co-author (with her late Aunt, Mary Ann Shaffer) of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.