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Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite
Hannah's Rainbow: Every Color Beautiful by Cynthia Hilston is a moving book about the Rechthart family in the nineteen hundreds and the years after, focusing on the point of view of their second youngest child, Hannah Rechthart, as she grows up and goes through many changes in her life. These changes include trying to adjust to having her sister move out of the house to start her own family, growing up, growing closer and then apart from her brother, Harry, all the while struggling to keep her family together, and then going through the Depression and World War II. This is a story of family, love, and life.
This story is absolutely amazing. Hannah Rechthart is a woman who kept going and always did her best, and she was well-loved for it. She is kind, brave, and just really very wonderful. I love her. I love the story. I cried so many times through it all, happy tears and sad ones. This book resonated with me; it felt like I was there through all the ups and downs that Hannah and her family went through. It’s a story of loss and so much love. I could really feel the emotion it took to lovingly craft every word of this wonderful book. The characters were so human; to me they came alive with every word and action. It was so easy to put myself into their shoes, see their point of view, feel how they felt in that moment. I could feel their joy and understand their pain. They made mistakes, they learned from it, they loved, they lost, they cried, I cried with them. This is a beautiful story of how sometimes life can be cruel and unjust, but this can make you stronger and how not giving up goes a long way; after all, you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.