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  1. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    The figure in the dark wasn't a ghost, or an ephemeral memory from her past, but a real flesh-and-blood man. And he hadn't come as a friend. He'd come for revenge.

    Emily Carpenter is the queen of lush, atmospheric gothic fiction. She has a way of turning a slow burning mystery into a page turner of epic proportions, which is why she's remained amongst my top auto-buy authors for years. While this book is a follow-up of sorts to the author's debut, Burying the Honeysuckle Girls, I've heard from multiple early reviewers that they found Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters to read just as well as a standalone novel. As someone who has read both, I highly recommend each one in whatever way suits your fancy. If you enjoy complex, well-researched mysteries that will grip you from page one, you need to get your hands on this book in October!

    *Many thanks to the author and publisher for providing my review copy.

  2. Marialyce Marialyce says:

    Try as I might, I just could not get into this book. From it's abrupt time line changes to its multiple characters, the real story seemed to be lost in a fog. Through the back and forthing, the author tries to introduce Dove Jarrod and her story as being an evangelist con artist. We meet in the other time line, he granddaughter Eve, now the head of Dove's charitable foundation.

    However, after Eve is assaulted by a man intent on getting revenge on the foundation by revealing Dove's possible murder connection and a missing valuable coin the story tries to connect the dots behind a murder in the past, a grandmother's somewhat shady past and the fate of the foundation and its works for charity. Can Dove's reputation be saved by a granddaughter that really doesn't think much of her grandmother or are evil things afoot that will bring the foundation and ultimately Dove to its knees.

    There seemed to be a lack of flow in the story although I found the premise to be good, it never really seemed to hit its stride. On the plus side the author did establish a setting that seems authentic to the times described. So sorry to say I am placing this book into my I wish I had liked it better file.
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an arc of this story.

  3. Regina Regina says:

    How do you like the sound of the word “coin?” Coin. Coin. Coin. Coin. Coin. If you’re still with me, it’s a good sign that the hundreds (thousands?) of times it’s used in this novel won’t drive you to drink.

    There’s a missing coin, you see? And our present-day main character needs to find it ASAP or the scam that is her grandmother’s faith-healing legacy and murderous past will be exposed. Flash back (in alternating chapters) to said grandmother’s path to the revival tents by way of a psychiatric hospital and circus.

    If it sounds like there’s a lot going on here, there is. And there are a lot of characters to keep track of too. Some seem to be present if only to tie this book to the author’s previous bestselling southern gothic novel, BURYING THE HONEYSUCKLE GIRLS. Once I discovered this, I felt a bit duped as a reader. I wish the publisher would make it clear that while this isn’t a sequel per se, it’s not really a standalone either. I never like to read a #2 before a #1, so I wouldn’t have committed to reading this follow up had I known.

    I seem to be somewhat in the minority in my experience with this novel, so I don’t doubt that fans of this author and the genre may enjoy it more. I just never latched on to the characters or their storylines and looked forward to bringing this 332-page reading journey to an end.

    Oh, and for good measure: coin.

    Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.

  4. Kimberly Belle Kimberly Belle says:

    Emily Carpenter had me at faith healers, and she kept me glued to the pages with this captivating story, effortlessly weaving the past and the present into one haunting tale. RTHS is a return to Carpenter’s Southern Gothic roots...and she does the genre like no other. Lush and atmospheric, with pitch-perfect prose and filled with characters you won’t soon forget. All hail the Southern Gothic queen! 👑

  5. Erin Emily Erin Emily says:

    Thank you to #Netgalley and #LakeUnionPublishing for the chance to read #RevivingtheHawthorneSisters in anticipation of its October 20th release! I give this book 3.5 starts out of 5.

    Wayward evangelist faith healers, asylums, family secrets, outlaws, rare coins, missing corpses, and things hidden in walls? Sign me up! This book was not at all what I expected and I was more than pleasantly surprised. I needed something fairly light to read during a stressful time and this ticked all of the boxes of a light but still well-plotted and engaging read. I found Dove's character and timeline fascinating, and though I did think it was much stronger than the modern timeline juxtaposed to it, I found the multiple perspectives really useful in exploring the complex character and history of Dove.

    My biggest worry with this novel was that it would end up more of a Christian fiction novel than a Southern Gothic novel, and it did veer in that direction a few times but never quite got there! I'm not a fan of Christian fiction, but I loved the framing of the mystery at the heart of this novel around faith healers and travelling preachers. It was fascinating to see so many different sides of this moment in history. While this book was described as Southern Gothic, it wasn't QUITE as gothic as I'd hoped, but I would absolutely recommend it for a quick read about a fascinating and unique topic.

    (Disclaimer: This book does not go into problematic historical occurrences happening in the same timeline as the Hawthorn Sisters; don't expect anything except for an escapist read!)

  6. Christina McDonald Christina McDonald says:

    A Southern Gothic novel that floats effortlessly between past and present. In the past we follow Dove Jarrod, an evangelist who preys on the faithful to make them believe they’ve been healed. In the present, Eve, Dove’s granddaughter, who learns that beyond Dove’s cons, she may have also been a murderer.

    To protect her family and find the truth, Even sets out on a journey to unravel the truth behind the accusations.

    While this is a stand alone, the story is a follow up to one of Carpenter’s previous novels, Burying the Honeysuckle Girls, blending historical fiction with a sense of magical realism. A deeply entrancing, suspenseful story with gorgeous prose and an evocative setting in the South. This was my first Emily Carpenter book and it won't be my last!

    Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  7. Tamara Tamara says:

    Thanks to Net galley for this book. This is the first book I have read of this author. This book got my interest from the first page and kept my interest to the last. I really enjoyed this book and Im looking forward to reading more.

  8. Mashara Mashara says:

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    So here it goes: I did not enjoy this book and had a difficult time finishing it.
    The longer version is I wanted to like this book. It's about a granddaughter connecting to her grandmother by exploring her story, it's women overcoming terrible odds and building a life for themselves. However, there's hardly any character you can honestly root for and a complete lack of a moral compass borderline in cynicism.

    The story of the book, told in two time lines can be separated between Ruth, the grandmother, who became a healing evangelist pastor during the Great Depression in Alabama, later becoming Dove, having a huge following and leaving a Foundation behind that is run by Eve, the granddaughter. In the present time line Eve is absolutely sure, because her grandmother told her so, that Dove was a con artist and never healed anybody. She has kept up the lie and never told neither her mother not her brother because she is concern about how the truth would affect their extremely fragile mental health. While back in Alabama to commemorate Dove and video a documentary about her life, Eve is attacked by somebody that says they know the truth about Dove lies and that she stole a precious coin the attacker wants Eve to find and give to him or he will tell the world about Dove.

    This is where the book unravels. To begin with, it has way too many characters. Althea serves no function other than present a link to a previous book, but does basically nothing. Jason (described as gay in what I can only describe as an afterthought) seems to be there basically to not be Ember, and the only reason I can think of not making him Ember is that otherwise how could Ember a downtrodden woman if she had inherited the house where Dove lived, that instead Jason inherited on the basis of the male line? And this is the other thing, except for Althea, who was downtrodden in the previous book, all the women are victimised. Abused, forgotten, stolen from, lied to. I understand the point, but there's no depth to it when it happens to every female character.

    Then there is the protecting of Dove's reputation so the Foundation does not lose donors. At no point is it explained what the Foundation does after the healing Dove did is over with her passing, other than providing financial means for Eve's family.
    Also, not a single character raises the issue that maybe protecting the reputation of a con artist doesn't put you on the side of the angels? I mean, the book goes out of its way to plant the seed that the powers might be real but over and over Eve is shown as skeptical, so her motivations are either protecting her mother and brother, which also exist in the book for this exclusive purpose, or money.
    None of them, at any point, raise the issue of the victims of the con. Even when mentioned that during the Great Depression they were likely going without food to give Dove money for her prayers. Whenever true believers are mentioned, they are described as zealots by Eve referring to a donor, lacking dignity and pride in the way the ask for miracles by Dove while she is praying for them. Dove's reputation is discussed along with other preachers and priest scandals, such as Boston's catholic paedophilia scandal. Is this the people we are meant to relate to? When somebody asks Eve how bad it would be for the truth to come out, by saying that times are not the same as when Jimmy Swaggart was discovered in a hotel with prostitutes (sic) Eve's reply is that These scandals might be passe, but people still like to see their idols fall. I'm sorry, but hiring sex workers while preaching against adultery and fornication is not like coming out of the closet, and the victims of this rampant hypocrisy have a right to be upset, it's not on them and their wanting to see their idols fall. Even the villain of the story, who first calls Dove a liar, is later shown as a crazy believer.
    The book, and the characters in it, seem to feel disregard if not outright disdain for the people that have kept Eve's family with a roof over her head for 80 years.

    Then there is the time jumping, I don't mind it at all, but many times it leaves one timeline in a cliffhanger, to go to the other one, which fine, but when it returns to the previous timeline, time has moved on, and we are left to pick up the pieces of what happened after the cliffhanger, which makes the book very disjointed.

    Finally, and I will only do a mention of this, because it's not my place to talk about it, the book is set in Alabama, for what I could tell there isn't a single Black character, and the only reference to Black culture at all is when Dove sings a Spiritual, described as a song for the Black churches. The song is Steal Away (Steal Away to Jesus). Dove does this when a man is dragging his wife away, after he brought her to be prayed upon to fix her evil ways, and Dove realises she is being abused by her husband. So, to recap: Dove does nothing to actually help the abused woman (not here and not when she reappears for some plot-less reason), embarrasses her husband in front of everybody potentially making it worse for the wife and compares domestic abuse to chattel slavery.

    I appreciate the ARC, but all in all I cannot with any sincerity get behind this book.

  9. Book_Club_For_Introverts Rebecca Ryan Long Book_Club_For_Introverts Rebecca Ryan Long says:

    As usual, this book is perfection. One of the most descriptive books yet. She paints beautiful sceneries and torrid tales. I have yet to read a even semi ok book by Emily Carpenter. Every thing she writes is gorgeous. This will not disappoint. I’d read Burying the Honeysuckle girls first. Thanks for another great read Emily! Looking forward to the next.

  10. Donna Hines Donna Hines says:

    Double lives. A dangerous predator lurks. The truth shall set you free. Run Eve, Run!
    Dove seems like a great healer and devoted human. We learn from Eve (grandaughter) that she's also a con and Eve has felt compelled to keep her secrets hidden.
    Now, Eve is on the receiving end of her grandmother's worst secret-MURDER and is assaulted in the process.
    This is a hair tingling novel that really compels readers to follow along and not jump to conclusions as the experience escalates to dangerous heights.
    The Flowing Hair dollar was a central focus especially during times of economic uncertainty such as they were in the early to late 30's as seen in this new work.
    Following the money trail, the connection to the coin, the elaborate location of the coin was quite a treat for readers. History is important but would the accusations of 'stealing' ever subside?
    Perhaps the only way to uncover truths is to seek out help. So with an investigative filmmaker alongside Eve they hope to get to the bottom of it all.
    Hopefully the world doesn't implode...
    A great new read by Emily Carpenter.

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Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters The bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls returns to uncover a faith healer’s elusive and haunted pastDove Jarrod was a renowned evangelist and faith healer Only her granddaughter, Eve Candler, knows that Dove was a con artist In the eight years since Dove’s death, Eve has maintained Dove’s charitable foundation—and her lies But just as a documentary team wraps up a shoot about the miracle worker, Eve is assaulted by a vengeful stranger intent on exposing what could be Dove’s darkest secret: murder…Tuscaloosa, : a wily young orphan escapes the psychiatric hospital where she was born When she joins the itinerant inspirational duo the Hawthorn Sisters, the road ahead is one of stirring new possibilities And with an obsessive predator on her trail, one of untold dangers For a young girl to survive, desperate choices must be madeNow, to protect her family, Eve will join forces with the investigative filmmaker and one of Dove’s friends, risking everything to unravel the truth behind the accusations against her grandmother But will the truth set her free or set her world on fire?

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  • Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters
  • Emily Carpenter
  • 09 September 2019

About the Author: Emily Carpenter

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