The Sausage Maker’s Daughters by AGS Johnson review and giveaway

I’m going to start by mentioning this and think I really need to that the title is one I don’t like. I was very apprehensive about reading it. Then I actually read the book and had something other than the title to base my opinion on suffice it to say the title I still don’t care for now not just because it sounds weird though very fitting as that is exactly what it’s about but because I don’t think it does the story justice.

This book is one that is perfect if you like good strong in depth reads. No flimsy light fluff but quality. So rich with characters that are amazingly well written, Kip in particular I would totally take out for coffee except for the whole she doesn’t exist thing. Real bummer as I got to like her and Phil so very much.

Kip the black sheep of the family different as different could be she is the youngest of the Czermanski daughters. The one who doesn’t take shit laying down as it were. She is young and naive in many ways yet strong and determined. The book set in the 70’s does a great job in setting the feel for the time. It frequently goes to flash backs in the 50’s and 60’s and again sets the tone for the time. Clothing, music, views of woman etc so nicely done and the author clearly did a great deal of research.

Kip when back in college had a thing going with her professor, they together protested pretty much everything, the war, woman’s lib, etc.  he one day up and disappears. Years later he is discovered to be married to her older sister. A cold angry woman who disapproves of all that Kip does and is. When the family get’s together for the oldest sisters funeral her new brother in law dies under mysteries circumstances Kip soon becomes the prime suspect and the book covers her trial and times looking back her how did I get here moments.

The flashbacks fit quite well and cover why Kip and her family have the poor relationship they do. The characters, relationships, the story, the trial all are done in such a great believable way. AGS Johnson does a fantastic job and I am pleased I got to read her book and I’m even more glad I shut up and just gave the book a chance. I’d totally recommend checking it out. The Sausage Maker’s Daughters may not have an irresistible title but it sure has an amazing story inside.

Interview with AGS Johnson tomorrow.

Right now I have a giveaway for a print copy of the book US only. Just leave a comment about the review, the book, question for AGS Johnson anything at all related to The Sausage Maker’s Daughters. Giveaway ends February 10th.

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  1. It sounds like a good book, but I agree on the title! It’s a title that I’d likely not consider picking up without hearing a review first.

    Also wanted to let you know the book and swag arrived today!!! Thanks. 🙂

    • Jessica ( frellathon )

      Awesome glad it arrived 🙂 I agree on the title that’s why I felt it was important to touch on the subject and just mention it and get that out of the way.

  2. OH MY I agree the title is not to be desired but wow the review is awesome. I would love to read more of this book it sound so wonderful. Kip is someone id love to giv a big hug to. Thanks for this review and this giveaway awesome.

    • Jessica ( frellathon )

      And a great read it is. I think Kip could use plenty of hugs. Still early but who knows you may get lucky 🙂

  3. Can’t remember where I originally heard about this title, but it definitely sounds interesting. Looking forward to reading at some point.
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  4. I agree “The Sausage Makers Daughters” is a weird title but it did catch my
    attention and made me want to read the review. Glad I did. Sounds like my kind of read.

  5. Stephanie Parent

    I’ve heard about this book in a few places… I agree that the title’s a little odd, but it actually made me curious to find out more about the book, so it can’t be all bad!


  6. I have been in my bookclub for over 6 years now and feel we have exhausted all great books, until I discovered this book and the description of this book. I would love to share this book with my friends, the story sounds gripping and full of discussion questions. Also, my dear friend just moved to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and I think she would love it for her book club as well.

  7. I agree with you in not liking the title and sometimes that will make all the difference in whether I read a book or not. Sounds interesting and thanks for the review.

  8. I enjoyed your honest review. The title is interesting.

  9. book seems to cover a lot. most of the books i do read are just fluff,but i do make sure to read a book that is something other at least once a week, if not more. Thanks for the chance.
    I’d like to know what other things the author does to relax: reading other authors (who?) and walking, knitting, watching tv, movies?
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  10. Yup, weird title. I know I’ve seen this book mentioned elsewhere but I didn’t know much about it. Your review does clarify things and it wasn’t what I thought it would be. Does sound good though!
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