Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!
After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give. When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed. She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients’ lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband. But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed. Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.
I’ve already talked about this book before but I hadn’t posted an actual review. I read this novel after reading The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. I had loved that one, but I loved Necessary Lies even more. It was one of those books that had me completely addicted to its pages, and there wasn’t even any action or a “proper” mystery. It was simply great storytelling.
I think what I liked the most about this book was that it made me think. Many days and weeks after finishing it, I still thought about this story and its characters. I told my friends and my family about the themes that were discussed here and I couldn’t believe that some of this stuff was considered normal back then. I fell in love with some of the characters and grew disappointed in others.
Diane Chamberlain’s writing made me feel like I was living in the 60s and I both loved and hated that era with a passion. Overall, this is a thought-provoking and emotional novel that I highly recommend to everyone.