Write My Name Across the Sky by Barbara O'Neal
Paperback, 366 pages
Publication: August 10th 2021 by Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Women’s Fiction
From Goodreads: The USA Today bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids returns with a tale of two generations of women reconciling family secrets and past regrets.
Life’s beautiful for seventy something influencer Gloria Rose, in her Upper West Side loft with rooftop garden and scores of Instagram followers—until she gets word that her old flame has been arrested for art theft and forgery. Knowing her own involvement in his misdeeds decades earlier, Gloria realizes she could be the next arrest and must flee. But first, she needs to make sure her nieces are protected from any fallout.
The sisters, though in their thirties, are still constantly at odds with each other. Willow, struggling to live up to their mother’s fame as a singer-songwriter, is recovering from a failed album and yet another heartbreak, while Sam is desperate to revive her floundering video game company.
When circumstances out of their control bring the three women back together, they will each have to reckon with and reconcile their interwoven traumas, past loves, and the looming consequences that could either destroy their futures or bring them closer than ever.
My Thoughts: I loved this story. The characters were real and relatable. I loved Willow who knew who she wanted to be but always felt like she was stuck in shadows of her mother. Sam had her own issues and took out her pain on those that she knew would not leave her. I find that is true to life, you take out your stress on those who you know will never leave you. You know that when you yell and scream at those who are closest to you, they continue to support you and stay by you. Barbara was a true hero. She put her life on hold to take care of her sister’s children when they needed her. As they grew up, she continued to put them first and even as adults she did what she had to just to keep them safe. While she was the aunt in the story, she was more of a mom then the actual mom was.
Write My Name Across the Sky is my first book by Barbara O’Neil and I am excited to read more by her. I found her book real, fun to read, and easy to read. I could relate to the characters, I was pulled into the story, and I genuinely cared about what was happening. I am hopeful that there will be more to Sam and Willows story. I want to know about Sam’s new game. I need to know how Willow’s music career works out.
**Thank you Sparks Point Studio for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet Barbara O’Neal: Barbara O’Neal has written more than a dozen novels of women’s fiction, including several Amazon top-sellers. Her award-winning books have been published in many countries, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Israel, and Hungary. She lives in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her partner, a British endurance athlete who vows he will never lose his accent.