Some secrets run so deep and fierce that they suffocate those who protect them. That is exactly the case with dark, chilling secret held by the Roanoke girls. It's caused generations of mystery and speculation around the girls born at Roanoke house. Beautiful women that either die or run. Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel!
My review:This novel jumps back and forth between "now" and "then", as we discover the disturbing, heart-wrenching truth about what happens in the Roanoke family through the eyes of Lane Roanoke when, after her mother kills herself, goes to live with family members that her mother never wanted her to know.
Along with suicide, there is another sensitive theme that runs throughout this book—incest. There really are moments when this book can be hard to read because of it, but it also drew me in and left me verge of anger and tears. It was mindblowing to read about the strange, blasé attitude towards incest that runs so deep.
Okay, I hope that I haven't scared you off, because this story runs deep. It shows one woman's struggle, strength, and determination to break the cycle. It wasn't easy, and it wasn't pretty, but it lent a thread of hope to all of the ugly. It's not one to read when you're looking for light-hearted, but if you're in the mood for something meaty, add The Roanoke Girls to your plate.
Mentioned on page 52 of the advanced reader's edition, I chose this recipe to represent the Roanoke Girls for a couple of reasons. First, because strawberries symbolize fertility, rebirth, love, and a woman's body, all of which are also major themes throughout this book. And second, I liked the visual of Lane remembering Allegra (her cousin) in her nightgown, knife in one hand, strawberry muffin in the other.
The floor underneath my left foot feels uneven, and I glance down, find ALLEGRA + LANE gouged into the wood. I rub the message with my big toe, remembering the morning Allegra carved it there, still in her nightgown, one of Sharon's strawberry muffins clasped in her free hand.
Looking for more food inspiration from The Roanoke Girls? Here are some recipe ideas pulled from the book:Cherry pie, salmon patties with tartar sauce (and ketchup) and green beans, giant cinnamon rolls, blueberry muffins, tuna sandwiches, brisket and mashed potatoes, ham loaf, German chocolate cake, tacos with beer, soft serve ice cream (but only vanilla and chocolate), ice slushes (orange, cherry, grape, or lime), potato salad, Jello-O salad studded with shredded carrots and pineapple or chunks of canned pear, chicken lo mein, homemade pineapple, peach, and banana ice cream, some sort of crock-pot roast, tuna casserole, scrambled eggs with toast and bacon (and coffee), apple pie, and any typical midwestern "mayonnaise and cheese heavy" casserole or gooey dessert.
If you're looking for non-cook items, then how about stale Cheerios, sour cream and onion potato chips, peanut butter and jelly with pretzels on the side, ham sandwiches with mustard and extra cheese (hold the mayo), lemonade, a beer slush...or whiskey, vodka, tequila.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.