Where did Hazel belong? Did she belong in Dogwood, Pittsburgh, or somewhere else.
Hazel Renner’s mother left her and left Dogwood, and Hazel’s aunt and uncle lovingly raised her in Pittsburgh. The smog of Pittsburgh and the effects of war upon the citizens also had an effect on Hazel.
Like her mother, Hazel wanted to leave and find where she really belonged. She first tried teaching in Galway, but things happened there that necessitated her leaving and coming back home. Hazel then tried Dogwood where her she was born to see if that would help her find her roots.
UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY will pull you in because of the beautiful descriptions and wonderful characters. You will love Hazel and her parents and feel sorry for her and all the problems she encounters. Hazel’s father was quite intense about his heritage and the war. You could vividly feel his every concern and the emotions of every character because Ms. Schoenewaldt has a marvelous knack for words and for descriptions of characters and situations.
UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY was set during the first world war when German-Americans were under attack just as they were in Europe. History and a beautiful story make up UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY.
You will enjoy UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY because of the nicely flowing storyline. The only complaint I have is that I was really confused at the beginning. The healing power of Hazel was a bit confusing too and not sure why it was in the story.
UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY is worth reading because of the wonderful writing style of Ms. Schoenewaldt and her marvelous research of WWI. She has a very descriptive and in-depth writing style.
Sadness and heaviness does prevail in UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY as we read of worries about war, the Influenza Pandemic of 1918, and the aftermath of the effects the war had on its returning soldiers. UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY is a book you will want to read but a book that will pull at your heart strings.
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and TLC book tours in return for an honest review.
About Pamela Schoenewaldt
Pamela Schoenewaldt lived for ten years in a small town outside Naples, Italy. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines in England, France, Italy, and the United States. She now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her husband, Maurizio Conti, a physicist, and Jesse, their dog.