The Turtle House

The Turtle House

Written By: Amanda Churchill
Media: Paperback Arc
Genre: Fiction
Published: February 20th, 2024
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 5 Stars

An emotional story of a woman, Mineko, a war-wife from Japan in WW2 and her granddaughter Lia, a budding architect in late 1990s Texas, who have never been very close, but come together and develop a relationship that spans time, distance and history to overcome their circumstances and persevere together.

I enjoyed almost every character in this one. Each had an important role and they played it well. The turtles were my favorite and boy did I cry when Mineko returned to Japan. No spoilers, but it’s a heartbreaker! Both protagonists have different but similar struggles and each handles it with what I feel are pretty human reactions. Some may not agree but times were different, which is a pretty loud statement throughout the book. SPOILER: We never find out how Lia deals with the Darren situation and while we can surmise she let it go and didn’t end up going back to Austin, I still would have liked SOME sort of recompense for the slimy creep.

With that said, it’s another one I couldn’t put down! A beautifully written and heartwarming debut novel of history, family, love, heartbreak and the strength to get through even the toughest struggles in life. With its attention to detail, easy transitions, great structure, multi-character viewpoints and historical (while simultaneously personal) accuracy, ‘The Turtle House’ by Amanda Churchill, gets 5 stars and will have me thinking about it for weeks!

<!> An enormous Thank You to Amanda Churchill, Harper Collins, and Goodreads for allowing me the opportunity to read this title in exchange for my honest review. <!>

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