Thursday, September 13, 2012
Band of Sister by Cathy Gohlke Blog Tour
Band of Sisters by Cathy Gohlke
If you've ever wondered about the lives of earlier family members, those related by birth, marriage and story who traveled in hopes of finding a better life you will enjoy reading about Maureen O'Reilly and her younger sister Katie Rose, "the lily flower of her family."
Fleeing from Ireland their hardships are immediate, nearly overwhelming and very vivid. In author Cathy Gohlke's capable hands this is a story that hits the ground running.
The details will lift you away from your current place neatly dropping you 100 years in the past. There are secrets to contend with, grief to be shouldered and always hope for change. The characters and their lives are a window into our past. If you enjoy reading creditable historical novels you will want to read this one. The flow, pace and character development are spot on here. The would be historical novelist will want to pay attention here.
But Miss Gohlke has also written an important novel for those of us who know little about human trafficking. Surprisingly the numbers are far greater today. What if anything can we to bring attention to this horrendous practice?
You can begin by reading and considering the stories in Band of Sisters. Then recommend this novel to your friends, family members, and neighbors. Offer to hold a book discussion in your home, or with your Church group. Or both, even if you do not regularly meet as a book club. Do online research to learn more about this modern day problem. Visit IOM's website http://www.humantrafficking.org/ . Be prepared to share the information as a call to action. This is an opportunity to raise awareness and perhaps money for this cause.
Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children's and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, make their home on the banks of the Laurel Run in Elkton, Maryland.
Here is a link to Cathy's website: http://authorcathygohlke.com/
The publisher supplied me with a copy of this book for review. The words are my own.