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Finding Eliza [EPUB] ✿ Finding Eliza ❄ Stephanie Pitcher Fishman – Thomashillier.co.uk It’s just a little family history What could go wrongWhen Lizzie Clydell agreed to join her grandmother at the church’s genealogy group meeting she expected nothing than lemon suares and a few sto It’s just a little family history What could go wrongWhen Lizzie Clydell agreed to join her grandmother at the church’s genealogy group meeting she expected nothing than lemon suares and a few stories Instead an old diary leads Lizzie down a dusty road of lies hidden family secrets and a lynching that nearly destroyed her family Still strug­gling with the loss of her parents two decades ear­lier Lizzie must con­front a painful past that others hoped was forgotten Her journey becomes even difficult as she realizes those around her may not be as they seem Can Lizzie make peace with the past or will it destroy the relationships she holds most dear Joining her is a group of lifelong friends known to Lizzie as The Gals Headed up by her own grandmother the group of women guide her through the past with humor encouragement and tough love as she learns about grace and forgiveness Set in small town Georgia Finding Eliza is a contemporary story with flashes of his­tor­i­cal fic­tion as Lizzie digs into the s of segregation illegal interracial relationships and the fear of the KKK.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 173 pages
  • Finding Eliza
  • Stephanie Pitcher Fishman
  • English
  • 08 November 2016

10 thoughts on “Finding Eliza

  1. Katie Cross Katie Cross says:

    I found this book through a Facebook friend and decided to give it a try because I'm a historygenealogy fan myself I'd never heard of any other books by the author before but decided to give it a shot I'm glad I didFinding Eliza is a really sweet story with a lot of underlying themes The main character definitely has some issues that she has to deal with and move forward from I found the young at heart crowd aka her grandmother's genealogy circle a sweet comic relief to the intensity of the plotThe only thing that didn't uite jive with me on the book was the MC's reactions to news As they uncover events of the past the MC freaks out They all seem very affected by a tragedy that happened years before That being said I recognize that everyone responds to tragedy and grief differently It helped that the author makes it clear that the MC is also mourning her own ghosts on top of the ghosts of her family's past Despite that her rabid anger and frustration on behalf of her ancestor just surprised me especially near the very endTruly that was my only moment of surprise in the book Other than it was a well orchestrated plot with forward movement and character development Fishman was a surprising find I would definitely read of her work in the future

  2. Catherine Pendleton Catherine Pendleton says:

    This is a great first novel by the author who is a wonderful story teller and no wonder with her family historygenealogy background I loved the mix of genealogy family mystery and suspense in the story The descriptions of the small southern town and the red Georgia clay sounded like the next town over I’m from the South I was intrigued from the beginning and then the story grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go I loved Lizzie her grandmother and “the Gals” and I could “hear” their Southern voices I felt Lizzie's anger and sadness when she learned of the shocking family secret and I cried with her as she dealt with it The story has a satisfying endingA main strength of the story are the flashbacks to the diary of what life was like in the 1930s Jim Crow South—shocking mob behavior what happened to those who dared go against the rules and how people were silenced through fear This is a part of Southern history that needs to be brought further into the light

  3. Kim Kim says:

    WOW When I started this book I will admit it took me two chapters to get hooked But once the hook was in I was in I felt like Lizzie I was drawn to her great grandfathers diary I couldn't stop reading The worst part I was on the last two chapters and I just couldn't stay awake to find out how it ended First thing I did was make a cup of coffee and finished the book this morning What an amazing book I can't imagine the emotions of finding out the history of one's past like this and actually being there to see face the face the man responsible I don't want to reveal too much in the this review But please read this book it's amazing It makes me want to dig into my family history Thanks to Goodreads and the Goodreads free giveaway for choosing me to receive this book I will share and encourage people to do reviews THANK YOU

  4. Staci Troilo Staci Troilo says:

    The author has done a brilliant job of combining an accurate portrayal of the pre eual rights south with a contemporary southern yet still genteel setting where the conseuences of that history might actually matter Readers weave in and out of the two timeframes seamlessly as the tapestry unfolds into a poignant tale of family relationships societal s and one woman's uest for truth Not only is the plot intriguing and the setting inviting the cast of characters is so charismatic you'll want to join them on the veranda for sweet tea and lemon bars This is a must read A great debut novel

  5. Katie Potter Katie Potter says:

    This book was much than it seems it will be on the surface than lemon suares at a simple genealogy group as it says on the back of the book But what happens is much compelling than what anyone expects especially with the main character Lizzie The author writes Lizzie's story in such a way that she truly draws you into her emotional journey throughout her search through her family's past and as she makes peace with her own personal past It is a powerful story of reconciliation and redemption The first book in a long time that had me turning pages as fast as I could 5 out of 5 stars easy

  6. Lynn Palermo Lynn Palermo says:

    What happens when a genealogist turned writer takes on the world of fiction? You get a beautifully moving story that reflects the heart and soul of family history you get Finding Eliza a book that belongs on every family historian’s summer reading listOnce you pick up Finding Eliza you’ll be gracefully swept in to the world of Lizzie Clydell In this beautifully written story about family secrets and the power they hold Stephanie introduces us to Lizzie a young southern woman struggling as she approaches the anniversary of the death of her parents Her grandmother intervenes and introduces Lizzie to an old bible and a family secret that proves to be very powerful Lizzie soon learns the cost her family bared during an epic time in American History of interracial relationships and 1930’s segregation Stephanie possesses the talent to transport us to another time and from the very first chapter you can taste the sweet tea and lemon bars while your feet are firmly planted in the red Georgia clay Finding Eliza introduces us to charming relatable characters that Stephanie effortlessly brings to life on the page It is the very characters of Gran and her gal pals and their strong arming Lizzie into their genealogy group that convinces you; you’ve met these ladies before I’m certain you’ll see yourself or maybe a fellow genealogist in the characters Stephanie lovingly calls “The Gals”Don’t confuse Finding Eliza with the influx of genealogical crime novels that are emerging almost daily Finding Eliza while a genealogical mystery brings something different a literary feel and a historical element that separates it from the other genealogical mysteries on the market today You’ll laugh and cry with these charming characters as Stephanie effortlessly transitions the reader from the present story to a turbulent and confusing time Stephanie compels the reader to know and keeps you reading as she moves you back in time through the pages of the family bible While at times I did find a disconnect with Lizzie’s outward reaction to news; at moments it seems excessive Finding Eliza is an engaging story with characters and a storyline that are relatable and compellingWhile this is a fictional story Stephanie has captured what many family historians believe about their genealogy research it has the power to reach out and teach us not just about the past but about ourselves Family history is not just about finding our ancestors in documents but finding a piece of ourselves in their stories this is the soul of family history Stephanie Pitcher Fishman delivers this message beautifully in Finding Eliza

  7. Irene Irene says:

    Let’s face it even if I can read and enjoy a lot of different genres from non fiction to romance I usually go for fantasy science fiction thrillers and detective stories However from time to time I need a breath of fresh air and I dive in something different Finding Eliza was exactly that A beautiful breath of fresh airI really didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book from my to read shelf What was I about to find in it? Love? Mistery? A tale of friendship? A leap in the past? Eliza? Well actually I found all of that and even The style in which this book is written is both engaging and relaxing I can’t find another fitting word it’s relaxing and soothing as a stroll in your favourite park with an old friend even when it touches strong themes It’s a great page turner It was fortunate that I had my two hours lunch break at work because I wouldn’t have been able to resist until the evenings to read it and even so it was hard to put it down Set in contemporary time Finding Eliza leads a reader on a journey along with the main character Lizzy It’s a journey in her family history which proves to be complicated than it seems but also in her personal history marked by a tragic event in her childhood But what is this about?It’s about how much damage an old diary can do to one’s peace of mind It’s about the importance of past and how much it influences the future It’s about family bonds and friendship and how much they can help in healing wounds And it’s about faith and forgivenessThis story told with grace elegance and a touch of humor is bound to entertain the reader but also to raise uestions What would you do if you find an old family secret in an ancestor’s diary? Are you sure you know enough of your family and your past? Would you be able to understand? Do you possess the kind of faith necessary to forgive?Beside the main female character protagonists in the journey are The Gals a group of special friend that will help Lizzy in this difficult time My favourite is Miss Blue I can feel similarities between us but the Gals must be considered as a whole Without them the novel would lose very muchI don’t want to reveal to much let me just say one last thing The novels I really love are usually the ones that makes me want to write This one made me resume my old habit of keeping a diary a habit I lost than a year ago and made me look at it with different eyes Moreover it made me long to know about my family history even if I’m pretty sure no big secrets are hidden there

  8. Sherrey Sherrey says:

    Finding Eliza is Stephanie Pitcher Fishman's debut as a novelist Many feel reading debut novels is risky Not with Finding ElizaThe author's love of writing words and genealogy combine to give her readers a deep breath of fresh air Like sitting beside a window with springtime breezes blowingOne of the treats for me was the inclusion of Southern history in the days of Jim Crow laws and the KKK I am not proud of either the Jim Crow laws or the organization calling itself the Ku Klux Klan Yet it was a time in the region of the country where I grew up misunderstood and misrepresented by manyThrough her main character Stephanie provides a different perspective on the history in the South in the 1930s Her character development not only of Lizzie but also her grandmother and The Gals provides lighter moments throughout the book and a bit of humor and unconditional love among these friendsCentral to Finding Eliza is Lizzie's discovery of her grandfather's diary including an account of her Great aunt Lizzie's relationship with an African American young man an unthinkable situation in the South of the 1930s Strangely enough not much was taught during my secondary school days about either the Jim Crow laws or the KKK Like Lizzie's grandparents and The Gals and many others our school system hoped things like Eliza's relationship with a young man with black skin would be forgottenStephanie Pitcher Fishman deserves multiple kudos for pulling off a debut novel with multiple themes and characters so wellRecommendationIf you love mystery Southern historical fiction and well written novels you will love Finding Eliza I encourage you to pick up a copy This book makes great summer reading as it is fast paced and transitions smoothly between themes

  9. Aimee (Getting Your Read On) Aimee (Getting Your Read On) says:

    Reading this book was sort of a mixed bag of emotions for me It started off really slow and I found I could keep up with the story with just skimming Once Lizzie starts reading the journal of her great grandfather things pick up a bit and the story became interesting The story jumps between Lizzie and her life and the life of her great grandfather and great aunt through the journal entries I was sort of in and out of connecting with the story The journal entries and story there were by far the best part of this book and the places I found myself investedHistorically this book is rooted in a dark time in the south The KKK was a sick business with evil people full of hatred leading it It honestly just turns my stomach to think that people can treat other people in such a brutal and senseless way It's so sad There were some detailed events described in this book beatings rape lynching It was hard for me to read and it did not leave me feeling good at all At one point I had to put it down and walk away because I was feeling overwhelmed with dark The author captures the setting and feelings associated with it very well This uote from the book sums it all up One sinful dark soul can pollute a mass of peopleFamily history is something I think everyone should delve into People from our past helped shape the world we know today I know my family history is full of amazing stories and inspiring lives Linking ourselves to those who have gone before is so important To remember to learn to understand To not make the same mistakes Family history is the motivating theme behind this book This is a Christian Fiction book and has some religious moments in it There is also a bit of mild swearing throughout

  10. Mary Myers-Huff Barscz Mary Myers-Huff Barscz says:

    This is a new genre for me to read I am happy that I came across this book You follow Lizzie her Gran and the Gals in a journey into history Finding out your family history is less than stellar can be a shock In her grandfather's diary Lizzie learns of her Great Aunt Eliza and a relationship she had with a boy who was not white The past is not pretty but it is what you make of it that is the true test of what kind of person you are From the beginning chapters Stephanie Pitcher Fishman gives wonderful details about the South If you have never seen the red clay dirt in the south you will FEEL like you have reading her descriptions I lived in the south when I was younger it's been than 20 years since I have been back but with words alone this author took me right back The subjects can be harsh but Stephanie handles everything so well and makes you really care about these characters There were tears shed and laughter as well while I was reading Lizzie and the Gals reminded me of so many people that I knew and I think that was one reason that this story felt so real The care shown in research cannot be understated by me either I am a history buff and when an author adds real life history to a book I love that what was included in Finding Eliza was true and although harsh it is part of history that shouldn't be forgottenFor a new author in this wild world of independent writers Stephanie has one heck of a future in writing I will be first in line for books from Stephanie

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