Title: The Truth According to Us
Author: Annie Barrows
Published: June 2015
Summary: Layla is a spoiled girl looking to prove to her dad her ability to make it on her own when she is set up as a writer for the Federal Workers’ Project. Her assignment is to chronicle the history and present of the small town of Macedonia, West Virginia. While in Macedonia, she boards with the Romeyn family where she begins to learn some of the secrets of this quirky family. Told from the perspective of Layla, the oldest Romeyn, Jottie, and the youngest, Willa.
Why I Am Recommending: Great historical fiction story that is well-written with a touch of mystery, a touch of romance, and a heavy dose of family drama. I grew attached to each of the narrators and especially loved each of their portrayals of the Romeyn patriarch, Felix, who plays a central role in each of their lives. Each brings a unique perspective, Willa the child-like innocence, Layla, the naiveté of a young woman on her own for the first time, and Jottie, someone resigned to the cards life has dealt her. When I read this book I felt transported to the slow-paced, old fashioned town. I felt like I was drinking sweet tea on the porch listening to someone tell a story in a slow, southern drawl.