Blog Tour: Take Me Back by Sally Mandel (Book Review)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Take Me Back by Sally Mandel
(Started: September 30, 2013; Finished: October 11, 2013)

The triumphant return of New York Times bestselling author Sally Mandel presents an intimate multigenerational portrait of the troubles and triumphs of a 20th century family. 
Lily Adams is the animating spirit of those around her, even in her twilight years. Perhaps none is more touched by her presence than her granddaughter, Amy, whom Lily saves from a teenage crisis. The family saga of three generations of the Adams clan is filled with crises of identity and the pains of romance, with Lily's presence profoundly felt throughout. 
TAKE ME BACK focuses precisely, poignantly, and sometimes painfully, on the spaces between us, emphasizing the impact we can have on the lives of those around us, even in the mere echo of ourselves after we have gone. (From Goodreads)
Review: 3 stars
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Source: Diversion Books
Shelf: Goodreads, Shelfari; Diversion Books
Available on: Amazon
How will I even start? It was so real from page one until the last and only one word could best describe this novella: inspiring. I liked how it showed various issues of the different generations in a family.A realization occurred to me and it was manifested on the book, too, that the lives of the family members will forever be connected and intertwined. The said issues will involved everyone as much as we like it or not. In the story, the prominent figure was Mrs. Lily Adams. Clearly, she was able to put control everything. She was the foundation and the core of the whole thing. In a way, she was able to influence, motivate an give hope to the other family members. She was their mediator, their medium that reached out to them whenever necessary or even if it's just to say hello.

I also have to give it to the author, Sally Mandel, for making sentimental fragments of memories when put together, creating a beautiful picture of life. As the title says, the story will take you back to the past and the author will let you weave your own way to meet, learn and understand the characters. It was an interesting way of engaging the readers. The author really gave way to a reader's imagination to come to play. More importantly, if it wasn't for the introduction of the book, maybe I wouldn't have known. To tell you honestly, I thought it was just a come back novel after a long hiatus from writing. But for Sally, it was not the case. I would like to commend her for being such an inspiration to everyone. A unforeseen event that changed her whole life happened and it was something a writer will never dream of. Some would have thought that her condition might be a major setback--that it would be difficult for her to return to her old life as a writer. But she proved us wrong. I salute her determination and passion for writing that she still persevered and didn't let it stop her from doing so. I would have clapped now through words so you can hear it if I could.

Overall, Take Me Back are full of life lessons, insights and realizations that will inspire and touch your hearts.

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Happy Reading Everyone!

SALLY MANDEL is the author of seven novels: Heart and Soul (Ballantine); Out of the Blue (Ballantine); A Time to Sing (McGraw Hill/Harper-Collins); Portrait of a Married Woman (Bantam); Quinn (Delacorte/Dell); Change of Heart(Delacorte/Dell), and Take Me Back, whichwill be published by DiversionBooks in September 2013. Change of Heart was on The New York Times bestseller list for ten weeks. The film rights were sold to Columbia Pictures. 

Mandel spent two years writing for television’s Guiding Light and was awarded an Emmy in 1992. Two of her screenplays have been optioned and she is a two-time winner of the Montage/HBO Screenwriting Competition. 

She lives in New York City with her husband, and is at work on a new novel.

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