Bethlehem

Bethlehem

With the atmospheric storytelling of Kate Morton and Lisa Wingate, Karen Kelly weaves a shattering debut about two intertwined families and the secrets that they buried during the gilded, glory days of Bethlehem, PA. A young woman arrives at the grand ancestral home of her husband?s family, hoping to fortify her cracking marriage. But what she finds is not what she expected With the atmospheric storytelling of Kate Morton and Lisa Wingate, Karen Kelly weaves a shattering debut about two ...

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Title:Bethlehem
Author:Karen Kelly
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1250201497
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Bethlehem Reviews

  • ☮Karen
    Aug 14, 2019
    I enjoyed this one, right from the start. I have a thing for interesting cemeteries and their caretakers (my grandfather was one after his retirement and he sometimes took me, age 7 or so, to run around while he did his thing) so the first chapter sucked me in. The cemetery was onl...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Jul 10, 2019
    BETHLEHEM is the story of Joanna - a young woman that, together with her husband Frank and children, moves back in the ancestral home because it will be closer to Franks's work. Frank's father has just died, he's has taken on much more responsibility, and he's gone a lot. This bothers ...
  • Sue
    Jul 14, 2019
    I have decided not to finish reading Bethlehem after reading just over one third of the book. I have found that neither the characters or setting have captured my attention sufficiently to make me want to continue with this family?s story. It?s almost too quiet. Another problem for...
  • Liz
    Jun 13, 2019
    Bethlehem is a saga about two families during the heydays of Bethlehem Steel. Beginning in 1918 and taking us up,through 1962, the book covers the Colliers, the family of the Chief engineer, and the Parrishes, the family of the president. I will admit to struggling at the beginning wit...
  • Angela M
    Jul 03, 2019
    At 46%, this will be a dnf for me . Slow moving and not much happening. I expected something different, more of a reflection on the time and place , but it was more a family saga that I would categorize as women?s fiction. If you?re considering this one, you should read the reviews...
  • Jonetta
    Jul 03, 2019
    Joanna Collier is the mother of two young children and married to Frank, an engineer working for his family?s business...Bethlehem Steel. After his father?s death, Frank?s responsibilities increased dramatically and felt the pressure to move his family to the headquarters in Beth...
  • Tony
    Jan 05, 2019
    I suspected from the first page, and knew by the second, that I liked Karen Kelly's writing style. At that point, it remained only to know how well she could tell a story. She does so very well indeed. I do not always enjoy bouncing back and forth from the past to the future when r...
  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    Feb 06, 2019
    I had high hopes for this book, but I just didn't love it... I didn't even particularly like it. It was just so predictable. The writing was decent, but I feel like she tossed in big, typically unused words just because she could. All the characters were thrown at you at the beginn...
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    Jul 05, 2019
    This family saga was a 3/5 star read for me, so I'm going to do things a little differently and list what worked and what didn't: Pros: - Isn't that cover just gorgeous? I absolutely love the cover and honestly chose to read this for the cover before reading the synopsis. -Kelly is ...
  • Linda
    Jan 27, 2019
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." (Eleanor Roosevelt) Karen Kelly presents a budding novel that arrives on the first chapters with wiggling toes that barely seem to cause a ripple in the tide. I must tell you that I felt its initial stages to be slow going. There were...
  • Lindsey Hresko
    Mar 30, 2019
    I want to give this book all the stars and shout about it to the world, but simultaneously want to hide it away so it can stay my pure and perfect discovery that no one can ever say a bad word about. (Don?t worry, Karen Kelly, I?m opting to shout about it.) Bethlehem had the ult...
  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
    Jul 12, 2019
    Bethlehem is a carefully written, touching and moving family saga that takes a different approach here to those buried family secrets. The story explores temptation, regret, cost of carrying those secrets and how it changes the people who do. Things start off slow here or better des...
  • debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
    Jul 22, 2019
    4 solid stars! This one starts out oh so slow, but it is very satisfying as the story unfolds. I admit to being pleasantly surprised that I liked it so much. There are a lot of characters to place and who fits into whose family, who is in love with who, who are sisters, and who are bro...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Jul 16, 2019
    3.5 stars rounded up I first want to say that I have not been on here for six weeks due to severe migraines and I am behind on all of my reviews. I am finally back. I wasn't able to read at all. I am so happy that they went away. Bethlehem is a story of temptation and regret, a s...
  • Erin
    Feb 06, 2019
    Thanks to St. Martin's Press for a widget of this book via Netgalley Happy Pub Day A family drama, Bethlehem follows Joanna, a young mother of two and wife to a man whose family has made their riches from steel; and her mother in law, Susannah in the 1920's. Similar to oth...
  • Deb
    Feb 17, 2019
    Bethlehem by Karen Kelly This story grabbed me a little way in and wouldn?t let go. A family saga covering three generations in one house, Brynmoor manor, Karen Kelly tells a wonderful tale of the Parrish clan and their best friends, the Colliers. Subtle humor is everywhere, so do...
  • Natalie
    Dec 18, 2018
    I normally don't write reviews, but I loved this book so much, I had to. It's incredible how the author seamlessly intertwines the characters lives with one another in a way that is rivetingly unique, and has you hooked page by page as you try to understand the mystery of how the ch...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    Jul 29, 2019
    I was offered this widget many months ago from one of my favorite publishers, St. Martin's Press. Otherwise, it wouldn't have caught my eye to procure for a read. Still, I accepted the option to read it, and it languished on my "Want to Read" shelf waiting for its turn (in publishing d...
  • Heather
    Mar 03, 2019
    What a beautiful story. I initially only wanted to read this book because I am from the Bethlehem area, and was pleasantly surprised by how this book took hold of me. It was beautifully written in a way that allowed me to picture everything that was happening, and grabbed my heartstrin...
  • Myra Sanderson
    Dec 19, 2018
    I have found few authors who have the ability to carry two storylines and not frustrate me. Usually, I am overwhelmingly interested in just one storyline and am disappointed, if not outright bored, when the novel returns to the less interesting storyline. Sometimes, also, the storyline...
  • Patricia Romero
    Mar 15, 2019
    From the 1920's to the 1960's, the Collier and Parrish families have been very close. Living a life of wealth and privilege as major players in the steel industry in Bethlehem, PA. They do everything together. Their children do everything together. Life looks perfect and every thing...
  • Bkwmlee
    Jul 06, 2019
    3.5 stars This was a book that I liked overall, one that I finished quickly and I felt kept me engaged throughout, even though the story itself was relatively predictable and the characters weren?t necessarily memorable. While I did like reading about the Collier and Parrish fami...
  • Katie B
    Jun 17, 2019
    3.5 stars This was one of those simple but enjoyable comfy type reads. I'm in the middle of moving and it was nice to sit down and relax and read a few chapters here and there. I really loved the last few chapters of the book as everything came together and there were some good, emoti...
  • marilyn
    Jul 02, 2019
    It takes some perseverance to get to the heart of the story because there are so many characters to remember, with their formal names and their nicknames. There is also the background information, with a bit of the history of Bethlehem and the steel industry thrown into the mix. But I ...
  • Erin
    Jan 07, 2019
    *I received an advanced readers' copy in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.* A young woman in the 1920s discovers love for the first time. A wife and mother in the 1960s has trouble finding her place in her new home. These women?s lives intertwine in a story of...
  • ☽¸¸.I am¸¸.•*¨ The ¸¸.•*¨*Phoenix¨*•♫♪ ☾
    Apr 02, 2019
    I want to thank NetGalley for providing an advanced digital copy of this book. I don't always read historical fiction, but when I do, I usually enjoy it. This was the case for Bethlehem. The story revolves around two generations of women, which unfold in two distinct timelines: in t...
  • Cheyanne Rash
    Jan 11, 2019
    I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you to the author, publisher, and Goodreads! ...
  • Sheri
    Mar 16, 2019
    When I shop for books I never read the jacket. I will often thumb through the pages and see if there is a paragraph that excites me. I always read a book's first sentence. "It's nice to see some live children around here," is the opening for this book and it's one of those sentences th...
  • David Bartlund
    Mar 04, 2019
    This is a five star book. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't couldn't stop turning the pages of this beautifully written story. The reveals in the second half kept surprising, and the beautiful prose seems to have a power of its own. I'm not one to cry with books or movies, b...
  • Kerima
    Mar 29, 2019
    At first I was stuck on trying to remember the families and their lineage but decided to move on and I?m glad I did. I couldn?t put it down. The story was compelling and I wanted to keep going. You eventually figure out the characters and how they are all connected without missing ...