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Dovetail This is a story that takes place in small town Wisconsin over two timelines, 1916 and 1983 I would characterize it as a family drama romance combo with a twist The older tale revolves around nineteen year old Alice who is caring for her dad and six younger sisters after the untimely death of her mother It also features John Lawrence, a new hire helping out on the family farm Alice s seventeen year old sister Pearl also has a major role in the 1916 timeline The 1983 setting brings back Pearl This is a story that takes place in small town Wisconsin over two timelines, 1916 and 1983 I would characterize it as a family drama romance combo with a twist The older tale revolves around nineteen year old Alice who is caring for her dad and six younger sisters after the untimely death of her mother It also features John Lawrence, a new hire helping out on the family farm Alice s seventeen year old sister Pearl also has a major role in the 1916 timeline The 1983 setting brings back Pearl as an elderly dying woman We also meet her grandson Joe and Kathleen, the owner of an antique store in town Joe is racked with terrifying nightmares that seem very very real and turn out to be at the crux of the tale.This story is different To enjoy it, the reader must park the believability factor at the door I don t generally like to do that, but I thought this book was worth giving it a try Happily, I succeeded in going with it and felt rewarded by a satisfying reading experience There are several threads going on that lend to romance and eternal love, mystery, suspense, and family dynamics The main characters are appealing despite a couple of them seeming a bit too perfect My other small criticism is that there are some slow spots As I say, I did buy into the thread regarding Joe s dreams, and that unusual angle of the plotline elevated the whole story for me.I recommend Dovetail to all readers who love poignant fiction I am pleased to have discovered this author and will definitely be seeking outof Ms McQuestion s novels.I would like to thank Ms Karen McQuestion, Net Galley, and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC of this novel Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way The elderly woman who came to his rescue in 1983 was a stranger to Joe Arneson but she declared she was his grandmother Joe had always been told by his father that his grandmother had died, but as he came to know Pearl, he knew that she was in fact his grandmother, and there was a past of secrets that both his father and grandmother were unwilling to tell him With Pearl in a nursing home, and dying from cancer, she asked Joe to clear the family home ready for sale The secondhand store in Pull The elderly woman who came to his rescue in 1983 was a stranger to Joe Arneson but she declared she was his grandmother Joe had always been told by his father that his grandmother had died, but as he came to know Pearl, he knew that she was in fact his grandmother, and there was a past of secrets that both his father and grandmother were unwilling to tell him With Pearl in a nursing home, and dying from cancer, she asked Joe to clear the family home ready for sale The secondhand store in Pullman, Wisconsin was willing to take the old furniture that was too good to dump and so Joe met Kathleen, owner of the store Joe told Kathleen about the recurring dreams he d been having dreams that he felt were too vivid to be anything but real But they also frightened him As Joe and Kathleen investigated findings among the old furniture, some parts of the puzzle came clear Back in 1916 Pearl s older sister, Alice had died under tragic circumstances, her death having a profound effect on those left behind Would they find the answers that Joe needed to find peace of mind And what was the danger that was coming closer to Kathleen, a danger that she was completely unaware of Dovetail is my first by Karen McQuestion but definitely won t be my last An outstanding read, I thoroughly enjoyed both timelines 1916 with Alice, Pearl and her family and 1983 with Joe, Kathleen and Pearl with the connection between the past and present profound A captivating read, the blend of romance with family secrets is perfectly done Dovetail is a book I have no hesitation in recommending highly.With thanks to the NetGalley, the publisher and author for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review Pearl, as a seventeen year old and Pearl as an eighty seven year old woman, dying of cancer, ties the two timelines of this story together But so do the dreams of her grandson, Joe Present day Pearl has sprung her grandson, who she has never met before, out of a mental health facility, where twenty two year old Joe has been for months, because of his very vivid, recurring dreams, that haunt him most nights Both his doctor and his father want Joe to agree to electroshock therapy so he st Pearl, as a seventeen year old and Pearl as an eighty seven year old woman, dying of cancer, ties the two timelines of this story together But so do the dreams of her grandson, Joe Present day Pearl has sprung her grandson, who she has never met before, out of a mental health facility, where twenty two year old Joe has been for months, because of his very vivid, recurring dreams, that haunt him most nights Both his doctor and his father want Joe to agree to electroshock therapy so he sthan ready to get out of that place and jumps at the chance to leave with his grandmother The 2016 timeline has a very spoiled, selfish, lazy, unkind Pearl channeling Scarlett O Hara, except Gone With the Wind hadn t been written yetnevertheless, that it the personality that came to mind as I read about Pearl She avoids helping her nineteen year old sister Alice, with any of the chores that come with running a household made up of a father and his seven daughters Pearl hides from chores while she daydreams of Hollywood or Paris, thinks the eyes of all men or boys are on her only and considers her kind, hardworking, loving, compassionate sister to be plain, boring, and not worth the time or attention that anyone would give to her So when medical student John Lawrence comes to work on their farm for the summer, Pearl is enraged that John falls for Alice and she is determined to undermine their relationship Also against the relationship is Frank, a man who considers Alice his girlfriend despite the fact that Alice openly shuns him and all his gifts and advances In the present day timeline of 1986, Pearl wants Joe to clean out the old family home and take the saleable items to the local vintage shop, for resale He s also to live in the house while he get the property ready to sell Twenty six year old Kathleen runs the vintage shop and despite her being against having a relationship with anyone, after a very bad marriage to her ex husband, Ricky, she and Joe become best friends and spend all their time together He tells her every detail of his dreams and both Joe and Kathleen decide to find out how Alice died at the age of nineteen This story it really very simple with very simple themes And the characters are very black and white There is the almost perfect couple of Alice and John and the almost perfect couple of Kathleen and Joe Any black spots in their pasts are no fault of their own, they are almost too good to be true And then there are the characters of Frank and Ricky, rotten to the core, abusive, jealous, possessive and determined to make Alice Kathleen love them, no matter who they hurt Finally there is Pearl who hasn t turned over a new leaf in her late years Really she is just wanting to be sure she has a chance to enter Heaven when she dies, because she knows she s broken every one of the Ten Commandments, at least once So she s going to try to redeem herself, the little bit that she can, by helping Joe, and through him, hopefully getting a chance to apologize to her estranged son, Joe s father I haven t really mentioned Joe s dreams much but to do so tells the story of what happened back in 1916 Joe is a tie to the past and his dreams aren t like most dreams Instead he is living the life of someone else in them and he feels the great love this man has for the woman in the dreams He also sees the great heartbreak of the man when the woman dies Together, with Kathleen, they want to understand what these dreams mean Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for this ARC Joe Arneson s life is anything but predictable He has visions and odd feelings he can t put his finger on He visits his estranged grandmother, Pearl, in Wisconsin, and learnsabout his family s unique past, including a number of secrets, specifically related to his grandmother.Her sister Alice s deaththan fifty years ago shocked the family and tore it apart Joe feels like his visions are connected in some way Joe finds help from Kathleen, and begins to fall in love But Joe and Ka Joe Arneson s life is anything but predictable He has visions and odd feelings he can t put his finger on He visits his estranged grandmother, Pearl, in Wisconsin, and learnsabout his family s unique past, including a number of secrets, specifically related to his grandmother.Her sister Alice s deaththan fifty years ago shocked the family and tore it apart Joe feels like his visions are connected in some way Joe finds help from Kathleen, and begins to fall in love But Joe and Kathleen may be just as star crossed as Alice and her beau before her tragic death.If you want to fully enjoy the story, suspend your disbelief at the first page Because I did, I found it a rewarding story for those times when I ve had a what if, or wanted to believe something was a sign from a late beloved family member Dovetail is an emotional story with its share of love and romance Overall, Dovetail offered me hope, and I enjoyed the suspense, sweetness, and poignancy of it all.I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader Joe Arneson has had troubling dreams orlike nightmares that disturb him and wake his parents and sister with his screaming As a result he has been in an institution where they are trying to help him deal with these nightmares Then one day into his life comes the grandmother he has never known, and never met She wants to free him from where he is and take him to her place in Wisconsin Joe s father who had cut off all contact with his mother years before, is against the idea But Joe goe Joe Arneson has had troubling dreams orlike nightmares that disturb him and wake his parents and sister with his screaming As a result he has been in an institution where they are trying to help him deal with these nightmares Then one day into his life comes the grandmother he has never known, and never met She wants to free him from where he is and take him to her place in Wisconsin Joe s father who had cut off all contact with his mother years before, is against the idea But Joe goes to Wisconsin to help his grandmother who is dying of cancer The year is 1983 when he goes to clear out the family home and prepare it for sale As he sifts through items, he uncovers links and a deeper understanding of his ancestors and his family s past His grandmother, Pearl, is still haunted by the death of her older sister Alice who died young But she won t talk about it As Joe digs into events of that summer of 1916 and Alice s life and death, Joe is convinced his visions relate to Alice s death But could there be an even deeper meaning A local woman, Kathleen, who owns the second hand store, becomes the recipient of the unwanted furniture and items from the house, It doesn t take long before he falls in love With Kathleen s help Joe finds the puzzles of the past falling into place Yet with it emerges a very real threat to both Joe and Kathleen.I found this an intriguing book It certainly kept my interest throughout I liked reading the story of John and Alice, Pearl and their sisters and others from the older story as well as the story from 1983 with Joe and Kathleen It is a story of family, self sacrifice, jealousy, love, danger and abuse The characters are engaging and effortlessly drew me into the story I couldn t help but want to know what had happened to fracture this family and why events of the past had so much an impact on Joe An engrossing read that deals with a number of issues as the truth emerges I loved it and would be keen to read another book by this author This book has been rattling around in my head for quite a while, probably about four years All along I ve been calling it Dovetail and although bits and pieces were coming to me like listening to a radio station almost out of range I waited to start writing until it wasfully formed in my head After I finished each of my last few books, my younger son Jack would ask, And now are you going to write Dovetail Every time I said, Not just yet And then one day, I knew the time was right This book has been rattling around in my head for quite a while, probably about four years All along I ve been calling it Dovetail and although bits and pieces were coming to me like listening to a radio station almost out of range I waited to start writing until it wasfully formed in my head After I finished each of my last few books, my younger son Jack would ask, And now are you going to write Dovetail Every time I said, Not just yet And then one day, I knew the time was right and I sat down with my laptop and got to work.It s a longer book than I usually write and there arelayers to it Also, it s different than my other novels, but what else is new I have trouble staying in my lane, so much so I m not even sure I have a lane.Some of my early readers have said this is my best book yet For some reason I m unable to judge my own work, so I don t know if that s true or not All I know is that I hope readers enjoy it A story set in two timelines.1916 Pearl is the second of seven sisters When a young student comes to work for her father Pearl is jealous that he prefers her older sister Alice.1983 Joe is in hospital because he suffers terrible nightmares His grandmother Pearl who he has never met comes to collect him to help her empty her family s home so she can sell it.After he arrives in Pearl s home and he learnsabout his family s history Joe s nightmares begin to resemble things that happened in t A story set in two timelines.1916 Pearl is the second of seven sisters When a young student comes to work for her father Pearl is jealous that he prefers her older sister Alice.1983 Joe is in hospital because he suffers terrible nightmares His grandmother Pearl who he has never met comes to collect him to help her empty her family s home so she can sell it.After he arrives in Pearl s home and he learnsabout his family s history Joe s nightmares begin to resemble things that happened in the family before he was born.Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for my e copy in exchange for an honest review From The Bestselling Author Of Hello Love Comes A Spellbinding New Novel Of Enduring Love, Family Secrets, And Mysterious Death Joe Arneson S Ordinary Life Is Upended By Troubling Dreams Of Himself As A Different Man In Another Place And Time It Isn T Until He Visits His Estranged Grandmother, Pearl, In Her Wisconsin Hometown That A Startling Connection EmergesDrawn Into His Family S Past, Joe Discovers Secrets Weighing On The Old Woman S Soul The Tragic Death Of Her Sister Alice A Half Century Ago And Its Ripple Effect On All Who Loved Her Digging Into The Events Of That Summer In , Joe Is Convinced That His Recurrent Visions Relate To Alice S Untimely Passing And To The Beloved Man She Meant To Marry With The Help Of Kathleen, A Local Woman Joe S Fallen For, The Puzzles Of The Past Start Falling Into PlaceAs Uncovered Truths Bring Joe And Kathleen Closer Together, They Also Reveal A New Danger For Joe S Dreams May Be A Warning From One Star Crossed Couple To Another Finding out you had a grandmother you never knew you had and to have her release you from a treatment center was the best thing that could ever have happened for Joe and his entire family.Joe wanted to know why his father never told him about his mother What could have happened Joe was in treatment for nightmares, and his father wouldn t let him come home until the treatments resolved his problems.Another question is how did his grandmother find him, and why did she want to find him Answers ar Finding out you had a grandmother you never knew you had and to have her release you from a treatment center was the best thing that could ever have happened for Joe and his entire family.Joe wanted to know why his father never told him about his mother What could have happened Joe was in treatment for nightmares, and his father wouldn t let him come home until the treatments resolved his problems.Another question is how did his grandmother find him, and why did she want to find him Answers are she had a private detective look for him mainly because she wanted him to clean out her house and inventory everything that was in it That would be a great way to learn about Grandmother Pearl wouldn t it We go back and forth from 1916 to 1983 and see the family Joe never knew about as we meet Alice and Pearl as young women and Pearl present day The story from 1916 gave details about the family s life without their mother, and present day gave details about what Pearl told Joe about her past and his place in her life now.We have another story line that involved a young woman, Kathleen, hiding from her abusive ex husband in her aunt s home Whose home could it be None other than Aunt Edna.Who is Aunt Edna She knew Pearl s family, and her sister, Alice, was Aunt Edna s best friend The odd thing is that when Kathleen and Joe met each other, they did a double take because they seemed familiar to each other, but they couldn t figure out how they knew each other.DOVETAIL pulled me in because the characters and story line were warm and inviting I would have loved to be acquainted with the characters.If you need an uplifting read set in a small, mid western town, you won t be disappointed in DOVETAIL This book has intrigue, tenderness, suspense, and an all around cozy, sweet story line 5 5This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review DOVETAIL is a beautiful story told in two timelines, one in 1916 with Pearl as a young woman and in 1983 when Pearl is in a home dying from cancer Pearl s estranged grandson Joe Arneson has been having troubling dreams that have affected him so much he needed help and treatment Pearl offers Joe a chance to reconnect by offering a job of clearing out her home and a place to stay There in Wisconsin, Joe connects with Kathleen who runs the antique store, Secondhand Heaven, in town In 1916, Pe DOVETAIL is a beautiful story told in two timelines, one in 1916 with Pearl as a young woman and in 1983 when Pearl is in a home dying from cancer Pearl s estranged grandson Joe Arneson has been having troubling dreams that have affected him so much he needed help and treatment Pearl offers Joe a chance to reconnect by offering a job of clearing out her home and a place to stay There in Wisconsin, Joe connects with Kathleen who runs the antique store, Secondhand Heaven, in town In 1916, Pearl s story as a young girl and older sister Alice is revealed Between Joe and Kathleen, they piece together the past, uncovering secrets that have been haunting Pearl s life and now Joe from so many years ago.I enjoyed the dual time lines and the element of mystery as to what happened in the past and how it connects to the present day The alternating timelines added to how the story moved forward and had me turning those pages The story was easy to read and had characters I enjoyed reading about


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