Book Review: What She Left Behind

February 4, 2016

in Books


This is one of those books I picked up because I was intrigued by the description when it popped up ion my Amazon recommendations. And I am glad I gave it a try!

The story is told from the perspective of two different women. Izzy, a teenager in today's world who is dealing with foster care after her mother shot her father. She is working with her foster parents to catalog personal belongings left behind in an old mental institution.

Clara is the owner of some of those personal belongings. Clara, the daughter of wealthy parents, found herself as a permanent guest of the mental institution in 1929 after her parents discovered she was seeing a man they didn't approve of.

One thing that drew me into this book was outrage. It just makes me so mad how people used to treat women! If she doesn't want to do things your way, she must be insane. FALSE!

Anyway, off the soap box and back to the book review. Izzy is trying to find out more about Clara after reading her diary and, I know this is cliche, learns a lot about herself in the process. But isn't that often how life works? We try to learn something and discover something about ourselves?

Both Clara and Izzy are characters we can all relate to and are so easy to love in this book.

I've seen several reviews that say that things that happen are just so bad as to be unreal. But that's what makes this book so devastating. Things like this did happen to women. While I agree that not all of the plot points are 100% believable, they do make for a really good story.


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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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