It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Sarah. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
Given the intense emotional components of my story, I think the book portrays an accurate and penetrating look into my mind and soul. As you know, sexual assault leaves far more than physical bruises, it is intensely traumatic and when followed by an unexpected and untimely pregnancy, you have the recipe for potential disaster. I am thankful that my story ends in a reconciliation that was beyond my wildest dreams and the journey to that point is unfolded from chapter to chapter in a sensitive yet very realistic manner. Yes, I do feel I was fairly and compassionately portrayed.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
I do think the author did a good job. Having been forced to cope at a young age with the loss of my parents, I struggled with feelings of rejection and abandonment. It is my hope that my eventual triumph over those fears will inspire the readers to find within themselves the courage to overcome whatever fears that haunt them.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
Persistence. I struggle but I do not give up.
Fear of abandonment.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
Jennifer Garner – I admire her and think she’d play a fantastic ‘Sarah’.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
My husband, Joe, the love of my life.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
In the chapter where I finally decided to come clean with Joe about the baby I had when he was away for nearly a year, working in Arizona during the war. Joe was a diabetic and couldn’t qualify for military service. As jobs were scarce in Massachusetts at the time for a man of his skills, he went to Arizona to work for nearly a year. It was a difficult separation for both of us and the attack happened shortly after he’d left.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
I would not want to be my assailant’s mother because of the terrible heartache that was hers regarding her wayward son.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
(Sarah smiles) – It’s the best part and that’s all I’m going to say.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?
I think it would have to be a sequel to THE SILVER LOCKET and I’d recommend she pick up right where this book ends and chronicle the important midlife years of a wife and mother.
Thank you for this interview, Sarah. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
I certainly hope so!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A native of Massachusetts, Sophia Bar-Lev divides her time between the Fort Worth, Texas area and Israel. A former school teacher and adult education lecturer, Bar-Lev now devotes the majority of her time to writing. Sophia Bar-Lev is also the author of Pasta, Poppy Fields, and Pearls and Pizza and Promises. The Silver Locket is her latest novel.
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Title: THE SILVER LOCKET
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Author: Sophia Bar-Lev
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About the Book:
When The Silver Locket opens, it’s July 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts. War is raging in Europe and the Pacific. But for two young women in a small town in New England waging their own personal battles, the struggle is way too close to home.
When extraordinary circumstances bring these two women together, one decision will alter the course of their lives. And with that one decision, their lives will be forever changed…and forever intertwined.
Were these two women thrust together by happenstance—or fate? A tragedy. A decision. A pact. Lives irretrievably changed. A baby girl will grow up in the shadow of a secret that must be kept at all costs. But will this secret ever see the light of day? And what happens when—or if—a promise made must be broken?
Adopting a child is not for the feint of heart—but neither is being adopted…
A sweeping and suspenseful story that unfolds in a different time and a different place, The Silver Locket explores universal themes that ring true even today. Secrets. Unbreakable bonds. The healing power of love. Deception. Anguish. Redemption.
In this touching and tender tale, novelist Sophia Bar-Lev weaves a confident, quietly moving story about adoption, finding hope in the face of hopelessness, and how true love can overcome any obstacle. With its brilliant juxtaposition of the wars fought both on the battlefield and internally, The Silver Locket is a poignant novel, resplendent with drama. Featuring an exceedingly real and relatable plot, and characters that will stay with readers long after the final page is turned, The Silver Locket is a sterling new read.