The Green Years by Karen Wolff

ebook, 311 pages
Published November 21st 2019 by BHC Press
About the Book:
When eight-year-old Harry Spencer’s father returns from WWI with a missing arm, his father’s bitterness shatters their relationship. Though confused and brokenhearted, Harry is determined to make something of himself. Endeavoring with heart and sometimes-humorous results, he sets out on his path in life, working in his granddad’s store, selling medicinal salves, washing windows, and falling in love. This historical coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of small-town life will tug at your heartstrings as Harry discovers who he is, who his father is, and how to heal the past.

It takes a great writer to be able to write about a boy coming of age so well, especially when the writer is female. Ms. Wolff demonstrates so much depth and emotional intelligence in her depiction of both sexes across all age groups in this riveting novel. Her exceptionally vivid imagery is intoxicatingly beautiful. This is Wolff's breakthrough book and the idiosyncrasies of human nature are at the forefront of the story, making it so real and fascinating. The depth and complexity of the characters really draw the reader in and keep the pages turning. I love how the heavy, intense subjects are perfectly complemented by light, humorous dialogue throughout the book, giving a nice balance to the overall reading experience.

The people in this story range from children to seniors and they all have on going stories as they mingle. They are beautifully developed. They have a range of emotions. When they hurt or are sad you want to hug them until they are feeling better. You want to cry with them as they try to figure out their lives. When they are happy you want to celebrate with them. A book that could become a classic. Highly recommend.

Thank you NetGalley, Karen Wolff and BHC Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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