One of my all-time favorite books, ever is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I read it as a teen and have read it again as an adult. I would easily put it in my top 20 books ever. The book is a classic and it’s written by Betty Smith. I was afraid when I read it as an adult that I would be disappointed the book will have lost its magic. I wasn’t disappointed. I highly recommend the book.
Well for some reason I never went on and checked if the author had any other books. Then an email came from Audible and it said that more of Smith’s books were being released in audio format. I jumped right on that.
I picked out Joy in the Morning…
Sadly, this wasn’t the book that “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” was. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t appreciate it. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. It only means that only so many books can be in the top 20. All in all, the book was okay.
I think Betty Smith, the author, was a writer for women. She brings to light so many things that women of the time had to deal with and learn when living in the late 20’s and early 30’s.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:
“In 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, Carl Brown and Annie McGairy meet and fall in love. Though only 18, Annie travels alone halfway across the country to the Midwestern university where Carl is studying law – and there they marry.
But Carl and Annie’s first year together is much more difficult than they anticipated as they find themselves in a faraway place with little money and few friends. With hardship and poverty weighing heavily upon them, they come to realize that their greatest sources of strength, loyalty, and love will help them make it through.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.5 stars. I’m going to give it 4.2 stars. The book was a little slow. There really wasn’t a “plot”. It was more or a book that showed a slice of life during that period in history. It was not an exciting read.