Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tornado Warning by Tamara Hart Heiner

From Goodreads--
The true story about seven ordinary women and one extraordinary event...

Spring is on the brink of turning into summer, and the residents in Joplin, Missouri, anticipate the rush of freedom and activities that will follow: graduation, summer classes, vacations, overflowing gardens, family time, and plenty of photo opportunities.

What they don’t anticipate is the mile-wide tornado that will devastate the town on May 22, 2011, in the middle of dinner preparations, visits to friends and family, and graduation ceremonies. The tornado kills over a hundred people in the deadliest tornado disaster in a century and leaves thousands more homeless. In the face of this tragedy, seven women must gather their courage and hold their families together. Each make different choices to protect their loved ones and strangers as Joplin recovers from the winds of destruction.

My Take--
I don't usually read non-fiction, but I received an ARC of this book--Available today--at the beginning of tornado season. I live just a few hours from Joplin and so this hits close to home on many levels.

Heiner writes these true events with great story telling skills. You start to get lost and then it hits you...these are real people and real events. I've already cried my way through several chapters. My heart aching for the trials and fear these women went through, but also feeling a pride for their strength as well as those who stepped up to help from the very beginning.

I don't really have a scale for non-fiction and I feel as if I should review a little differently, but I still read like it's a story. :) So, I give Tornado Warning by Tamara Hart Heiner a solid 5 for clean writing, good facts at the beginning and then most importantly for showing me the events like a good story.

1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure

3 comments:

  1. That's awesome! She and I share the same publisher.

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  2. Every now and again I will read a non-fiction book, at this is a strong candidate. Thanks for the review, Charity.

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  3. Yikes. Sounds like quite the read.

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