What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross March 10th

This is a beautifully written and touching story of one of the worst tornado outbreaks in the United States.  It chronicles the storm and it’s progress from April 23rd 2011 to April 27th 2011.  It is told in chronological order and it moves us around states and towns but at the center are a few key figures that we follow from the start of the storm through it’s conclusion.  The story unfolds through weather reports, warnings, text messages and phone calls.  Once the storms hit the danger is palpable as the pages unfold.  We learn first hand about the devastation and   the casualties and then we get to watch towns and schools and families rebuild.  If you like non fiction books about weather or disasters and like to be left with a positive feeling despite the somber subject this book may be a good one for you.  Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for the free copy I received in exchange for a review.  This book takes a tragedy and shows us the people who stepped in to help, the people who deal with loss and sorrow and how all of them moved on and are stronger now because of the tragedy.  It is told with grace, sensitivity and beauty.

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