Title: Caleb’s Window
Author: John J. Siefring
Source: ecopy provided by author
My Rating: 4 stars
Born in the village of Easkey, Ireland just before World War II, Cara Brannan dreams of becoming a nurse and starting a new life in America. Her mother, an Irish suffragette, encourages Cara to set goals and be fiercely independent. She moves to Dublin and begins nurses training at Saint John’s Hospital, forging friendships and encountering obstacles as a young single woman. Then she meets Aiden Whyte. Like-minded, Cara and Aiden join forces, marry, and journey to the States as newlyweds.
Welcoming their son Caleb into the world, Cara embraces motherhood. As a new mother and nurse in New York City, she struggles, facing class conflict, gender and career barriers, as well as loneliness. Cara endures because of her strength of character, compassion, and an irrepressible joy of life.
As Caleb comes of age, it’s his turn to carve out a place for himself during the late 1960s—a time of turbulence, protest, and incredible change. He finds New York to be a challenge but filled with opportunity.
Caleb’s Window will quietly move into your heart and mind, remaining long after you turn the final page.
I want to thank the author for providing me with an ecopy in exchange for my honest review.
I didn’t know anything about this book going into it besides what the synopsis says so I didn’t know what to expect. Luckily though I ended up really enjoying it.
This book is basically broken up into 2 parts. The first 19 chapters are all about Cara Brannan from the day she is born and onwards and the last 8 chapter’s are about Calab Brannan-Whyte.
When I first started this book I got through the first 38% in one day. It is so fast paced and things moved by quickly. At first that was working for me. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything however, after that point I felt like things were moving way to fast. Some things happened that I felt like could have been elaborated on. As the reader I didn’t have time to dwell on something that I felt needed/should have been dwelled on a little more.
A big chunk of this book is about Cara and a small part is about Caleb who is Cara’s son. I wish we would have got more chapters on Caleb. His section was so short and I felt like I didn’t get enough time with him.
This book is character driven. There’s not really a plot but even so I was drawn in. I never found myself bored and I came to really care for the characters and I found myself tearing up a couple of times.
This was beautifully written and I highly recommend you read this if you are ok with a character driven book.