Join intensely passionate and fiercely independent New York college student Lara Bonavito on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery in sigh-worthy Savannah, Georgia. Adopted into an abusive and impoverished home, Lara's quest to find her roots lands her in the Southern jewel's historic district. A vivid cast of characters help her unravel clues found in a cryptic letter hidden in the family bible for two decades.
"The baby's roots are with the Southern lady who waves forever."
With the help of mischievously handsome trolley tour guide Robert Taylor, Kipling-quoting florist Abel Bloom, and comically outspoken Louisiana beauty Susan Fletcher, Lara uncovers family secrets wrapped in the mystique of Savannah's Waving Girl statue.
Waving Backwards is a coming-of-age quest that reveals the healing power of family bonds and maternal love.
|Publisher:||Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) Publishing LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)|
About the Author
Born in Brooklyn, New York on Christmas Eve, and adopted after 7 months in foster care, V.L. was reborn in 1991, when she was reunited with her biological parents.
She moved south to be closer to both. V.L. lives in Savannah, Georgia with her bass-player husband, above-average daughter, and delightfully bad dog.
I started reading Waving Backwards after I had seen a five-star review saying that the book is an excellent summer read. This statement and the book’s title hooked me. The review, because… now it’s almost winter, so I wanted to check if the reading is also suitable for this season. The book’s title, because… it made me wonder where the author will point me towards. Well… let me expand… the book is not only a summer read, it is much more… it is an all in one season, it is an incursion back to one’s roots. "Lara slid the envelope from its decades-old hiding place. The note-sized sheet of paper wore a rubbery residue, as if torn from a pad. Lara picked at the glue as she read the shaky script for the first time. ‘The baby’s roots are with the Southern lady who waves forever. Her heart was Pearced and so was that of her mother. Pearced was she by the cotton race that will never end. Buried in the first city is a man who holds the 9th key.’" I found a strong and interesting female character on her path to finding her identity and an author who knows how to handle words very well. I found myself wishing to visit Savannah… and this was only because V.L. Brunskill’s descriptions are almost perfect to drag this desire inside the reader. The suspense and romance sides are very well twisted. The self-discovery action brings a multitude of feelings inside the reader. Congratulations to the author. I was amazed to find that this was her debut novel. After I had taken away the tears that were hanging on my eyes, the author’s bio came across my way. Well… I now no longer wondered why this book is so good. It is not only due to V.L. Brunskill being a great writer (former journalist and interviewer) but… she "was reborn in 1991, when she was reunited with her biological parents. She moved south to be closer to both. V.L. assists other adoptees to search on her blog…" After reading this information, my heart completely melted, even the smallest pieces of it did not escape from being melted by the book. A five star book, a five star Author.
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite What a great book I just finished! That's what I thought when I finished Waving Backwards, the new novel by author V.L. Brunskill. Follow our protagonist, Lara Bonavito, as she goes on a search for her biological roots. Lara had been adopted into a abusive home and, after enduring a life that no child should, she's finally able to leave and find her beginnings. Armed with only a mysterious clue, that "The baby's roots are with the Southern woman who waves forever," Lara finds herself in the quintessential Southern city of Savannah, Georgia, staring at a statue that has her face. Meeting new and interesting friends along the way, Lara discovers that finding her way may have more to do with her past than she could have imagined. I so enjoyed Waving Backwards. Full disclosure, I was adopted myself, and I also worked as an adoption social worker for many years so the theme of the story is very close to my heart. While my experience of adoption was very different from Lara's, I can certainly empathize with her need to find where she came from, and to find love. Author V.L. Brunskill has done a wonderful job in creating characters that her readers will absolutely connect with and will continue thinking about long after the story is over. Any reader who enjoys stories about family, redemption, or just a wonderful read will love Waving Backwards. I am so pleased to recommend this book, and will certainly be keeping my eye out for the next work by the very talented V.L. Brunskill. If it's anything like Waving Backwards, it will absolutely be worth reading!
Waving Backwards is a wonderful story of young adopted woman searching for her birth family. Her search takes her to Savannah and to sites that every visitor needs to see. The author creates memorable but realistic characters including some colorful personalities that one finds in Savannah. This book is an entertaining and informative read.
Waving Backwards by V.L. Brunskill is set in 1991. Lara Bonavito has always known she is adopted. She has been trying to get information on her biological family since she was thirteen years old (records were sealed). Lara has finally found a clue to help her locate her biological mother. She finds a riddle that was sent home with her from the hospital behind her baby photograph. The riddle leads her to Savannah, Georgia. Lara uses her college tuition loan check to pay for her trip. There Lara meets Robert Taylor. Robert spends his time as a tour guide and then picks one lady to hook up with at the end of each tour. When Robert takes Lara out for a drink, she tells him about her search. Robert states he has information that will help her. Lara follows the clues to find her biological family. Will Lara like the answers she finds at the end of her search? Is Robert a cad or is he serious about Lara? This novel was not engaging or interesting (except for the history of the Waving Girl). I give Waving Backwards 1 out of 5 stars. This story just did not grab me. The way Lara went about her search made absolutely no sense (kind of haphazard). The writing is okay, but the book is lacking. It was just not for me. I received a complimentary copy of Waving Backwards from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.