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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review - Eighty and Out by Kim Cano

Traumatized by visits to the nursing home to see their elderly aunt, Louise and her sister Jeannie made a youthful pact to not live past age eighty. Was it a silly childhood idea, or were they wise beyond their years? Most importantly, will they go through with it when the time comes?

Eighty and Out Editorial Review: “An emotionally-charged women’s fiction novel about the bond between sisters, friendship, and fate, Eighty and Out will have you deliberating your destiny.” ~ Bestselling author Deborah Brown

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Our Book Review
As with all of Kim Cano's books that I have read, you become mesmerized by the story, the characters come to life somehow making a special bond with the reader, you instantly feel connected to them.  This is a beautiful, gentle story of coming of age, love, loss, despair and happiness,

The story follows two sisters, Lou and Jeannie, along with Lou's best friend Bernice.  They found themselves growing up in the racial hate timeline which was harsh and choosing whether to follow the pressure groups or your own heart and beliefs is a choice that they must make.  Another choice the sisters made together was never to allow themselves to live past 80, to end up as their poor Aunt Violet has, living in a nursing home with her full life withering away to frailty.

As they grow through school, college and beyond their friendships grow, relationships start with the innocence of first love and dreams of their futures are created. But do they allow their hearts to win over their minds and follow their dreams ?  Do they stick to their childhood sisterly pact?

There is always a lovely tone when reading this author's work, the light humor to this one made me smile from the things the parents said to the kids themselves and the way their minds work.  Although I felt the emotional highs, I also felt the tremendous lows and the story line definitely pulled at my heartstrings with some of the sadness. I have to admit though at one part of the book I did shout out with anger, but I'm not telling you why!

I loved the close bonds of friendship and the sisterly love within the story. I also loved that the story highlighted that life is precious and love is what keeps life moving on even in those hard times.

Our Rating
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About the Author
Kim Cano is the author of two women's fiction novels: A Widow Redefined, her debut novel and On The Inside, a novel about a middle-aged woman who is sentenced to 17 years in prison for committing a white collar crime.

Kim has also written two animal books: For Animal Lovers, a short story collection for kids ages 9 to 12. and for adults who are young at heart. Kim Cano lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.

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  1. An interesting premise - all about quality of life rather than quantity really.


  2. Sounds like an interesting coming of age and growing up book. Thanks for the review!

  3. So glad you enjoyed Eighty and Out. Thanks for the lovely review and a fun book tour!

  4. This is definitely one of the better books I have read. Actually this is one of my favorite authors-there hasn't been a book that she has written that I have read that I didn't love. This one hit home a bit having had to watch my Grandmother in a Nursing Home--it is the reason I swore I would never let my Mom go into one if possible and to somehow not get into one myself-whatever that takes. Yes, I can totally understand the pact made my these sisters. Everyone of your emotions will hit you as you read this wonderful novel.

  5. sounds like a great book- i have a few friends that would like this as well

  6. I love the first paragraph in your review. That says it all.

  7. I always love stories about sisters since I am close to mine! This has a really interesting premise and I will be sure to also recommend it to my sister, but no pacts here :)

  8. This is such an interesting post to do, I love that you have a giveaway and a bit about the author too! :)

  9. I have read another of Kim Cano's books and really enjoyed it. I should pick this up too, because now I want to know if the sisters keep the pact!

  10. Sounds like a fun read. My sisters and I are very close so this strikes a cord with me.

  11. The way you described this let me know I'd really enjoy it. I think I'll be picking this up for my next plane trip.

  12. This sounds like an amazing book and an awesome author indeed. I would love to read these books and I would share them with my mom too who would love them. Thanks for shairng.


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