Write My Name Across the Sky, Barbara O’Neal

Sam and Willow are complete opposites. Sam is analytical and designs video games for a living. Willow is a musician, taking after their very famous mother, who was a singer. At the center of their lives is Gloria, their aunt who raised them after their mother died. Each sister is facing personal issues. For me, it seems harder for Willow, who is always at the end of her sister’s ire. O’Neal has written this beautifully told story from all three women’s perspectives, as they face some heavy issues in their lives.

When I first started reading O’Neal a few books back, I was drawn in by how touching and relatable her characters were. So when I saw her new book was available for request to review, I jumped at the opportunity to read it. Each of the women leads a unique life. They are flawed and somewhat broken, but they have each other. Even though the girls’ mother, Billie, was a less than stellar parent, it was through her that so many of their memories unfold; that this story can be told at all. This was a unique story that had me in tears at some parts but gave me hope and left me with a really good feeling. Another fantastic read from O’Neal. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, for sending this along.

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Write My Name Across the Sky is available for preorder on Amazon for $5.99, it releases August 10th.

About the Book

Life’s beautiful for seventysomething influencer Gloria Rose, in her Upper West Side loft with rooftop garden and scores of Instagram followers—until she gets word that her old flame has been arrested for art theft and forgery, and, knowing her own involvement in his misdeeds decades earlier, decides to flee. But that plan is complicated when the nieces she raised are thrown into crises of their own.

Willow, overshadowed by her notorious singer-songwriter mother, has come home to lick her wounds on the heels of a failed album and yet another disastrous relationship. Sam, prickly and fiercely independent, is on the verge of losing not only her beloved video game company but the man she loves, thanks to her inability to keep her always-simmering anger in check.

With the FBI closing in, Willow’s career in shambles, and Sam’s tribulations reaching a peak, each of the three woman will have to reckon with and reconcile their interwoven traumas, past loves, and the looming consequences that could either destroy their futures or bring them closer than ever.


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