The Names They Gave Us – Emery Lord

ISBN: 978140887814. 1st June 2017. Bloomsbury. I won an ARC direct from Bloomsbury, but I had also just been accepted to review via Netgalley too.

Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake and spending quality time with her parents. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters–in her faith and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp–one for troubled kids–Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?

I was over the moon when I won an ARC copy from Bloomsbury, as I had heard great things about Emery Lord from many book loving friends.

I was a little wary when I saw that this book talks a fair amount about religion. I wasn’t sure if  I’d enjoy it because of how close to real life in might have been. (As many of you know, I prefer worlds very different than our own generally).

This book, though, was very well written. It had a kind of ebb and flow that allowed me to devour it without wanting to pause for a break. This book may make you ugly cry, so make sure you have tissues to hand. The Names They Gave Us was a roller-coaster of emotions and entirely worth reading! I love how every character had great, diverse backgrounds. It showed so many different sides to different people.

Overall I thought this book was good!

4 out of 5 stars.

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