We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

Posted June 15, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Published by Simon & Schuster
We Are Called to Rise Book Cover We Are Called to Rise
Laura McBride
Women's fiction/Mystery/Thriller
Simon & Schuster
June 3, 2014

An immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker at home in the darker corners of Las Vegas. A wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can't remember getting. By the time we realize how these voices will connect, the impossible and perhaps the unbearable has already happened. We Are Called to Rise is a boomtown tale, in which the lives of people from different backgrounds and experiences collide in a stunning coincidence. When presented the opportunity to sink into despair, these characters rise. Through acts of remarkable charity and bravery, they rescue themselves. Emotionally powerful yet tender and intimate, We Are Called to Rise is a novel of redemption and unexpected love.

“It all matters. That someone turns out the lamp, picks up the wind-blown wrapper, says hello to the invalid, pays at the unattended lot, listens to the repeated tale, folds the abandoned laundry, plays the game fairly, tells the story honestly, acknowledges help, gives credit, says good night, resists temptation, wipes the counter, waits at the yellow, makes the bed, tips the maid, remembers the illness, congratulates the victor, accepts the consequences, takes a stand, steps up, offers a hand, goes first, goes last, chooses the small portion, teaches the child, tends to the dying, comforts the grieving, removes the splinter, wipes the tear, directs the lost, touches the lonely, is the whole thing.
What is most beautiful is least acknowledged. What is worth dying for is barely noticed.” 

I was hooked from page one!!! Wow! What a book! 

I need to begin this review by stating that I have an enormous respect for our armed forces and the men and women who support them as well. I found that this book captured and demonstrated one soldier’s story beautifully. It was sad, it was beautiful, and it was real. 

This book was brilliantly written. With an ensemble cast made of very different characters from housewives to an immigrant child, to a wounded soldier and more. They are all so different, but in the end, all connect. It is written like a butterfly effect and shows how our actions are all interconnected. So much occurs and the climax was amazing… and I never expected it! I was shocked! 

There were so many breathtaking moments throughout the story. I was deeply connected with each and every character. I loved that we were given so many POVs and that I had the opportunity to understand them all so intimately. 

I am struggling with how to write this review without giving too much away. With the multiple POVs and the storyline as it was written, all I can say is that it is worth reading. It is a great read and very dramatic, forcing you to face some very hard realities.

I give this book 5 emotional stars and serve it up with some Half Moon Orchard Gin… Gonna need the good stuff for this one, people. 

This book was generously offered in exchange for an honest review. 

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