This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Under the Birch Tree by Nancy Chadwick is an insightful and thought-provoking memoir that speaks about the insecurities of life, the connections and disconnections in relationships and jobs, and the profundities and inner meanings of everybody’s lives. She begins the book with her childhood days and playing in the back yard, and how she forms a connection with the birch tree that grows in the front yard of her childhood home. Her birch buddy is synonymous with home and the author aesthetically links birches, their struggle to survive, and how their shallow roots test the soil, grow, and finally mature to that of her struggles, and finding her ground while branching out. Her discovery that there is something about trees, how they become a metaphor for living, and a guiding symbol for finding home is what makes the memoir and the author’s words form a connection with readers.
The author’s uplifting encounters with birch trees will leave readers motivated to have a different perception of life, and will enable them to handle the triumphs and tragedies of life in a contented way. Reading this book is empowering as it is about survival, faith, and perseverance. The spirit of the birch tree runs through the memoir - convincingly, powerfully, and with intensity - and gives a sense of calmness, grounding, and centeredness to readers. This memoir is about finding home and will touch readers in many ways. The author’s self-discovery, her sense of belonging, and struggles with life are real and can be related to well by readers.