The Two-Family House

The Two Family House Brooklyn in the midst of a blizzard in a two family brownstone two babies are born minutes apart to two women They are sisters by marriage with an impenetrable bond forged before and during th

  • Title: The Two-Family House
  • Author: Lynda Cohen Loigman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Brooklyn, 1947 in the midst of a blizzard, in a two family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women They are sisters by marriage with an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic night but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and their once deep friendship begins to unravel No one knows why, and no one can stop it One miBrooklyn, 1947 in the midst of a blizzard, in a two family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women They are sisters by marriage with an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic night but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and their once deep friendship begins to unravel No one knows why, and no one can stop it One misguided choice one moment of tragedy Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost but not quite wins.From debut novelist Lynda Cohen Loigman comes The Two Family House, a moving family saga filled with heart, emotion, longing, love, and mystery

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    1. I'm proud to be writing this review on the morning of my 37th wedding anniversary. The two married couples in this novel are Rose and Mort & Helen and Abe. They are Jewish couples like my husband and I.I remember the stories my own mother told me of living in a 2- family house, upstairs/downstairs, before I was born. My mom wasn't happy with her situationd I know I'd rather live in a tent with my husband than share the same building with his brother. Reading this book made me very grateful f [...]

    2. I wish to thank Net Galley, St. Martin’s Press and Lynda Cohen Loigman for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.Ohhhh, I really did not want this book to end. I absolutely loved it. The Two-Family House is the debut novel of Lynda Cohen Loigman. Ms. Loigman, may you have a very long career, as I want to read everything you write. This is a 100% character-driven novel about the lives of the families of two brothers living on separate floors of the same house in Brooklyn, NY. [...]

    3. 3.5 From the very beginning we are privy to what actually happens, so even though that is no surprise the magic in the book is how some of these characters change due to this event. Very memorable characters and it was interesting to see different ways this was handled. Many of these characters were just so darn endearing and the author has such a natural way of writing this was a pleasure to read.The atmosphere of the novel was spot on for the fifties, the closeness of families unlike now when [...]

    4. I always hate logging into after I finish a book and finding that almost no one has written a negative review of something. I hate feeling like I'm the only one or the first one to dislike something. But this book genuinely frustrated and disappointed me on a lot of levels. I might have actually given up on it, except that I had chosen it for a trip to Philadelphia for Mother's Day and I didn't have anything else to read. This is a pretty standard "family secrets" novel, about two Jewish couple [...]

    5. “Love is always forgiving.”The main reasons I felt compelled to give The Two-Family House a try was thanks to the promise of Jewish families, friendships between women, pregnancy, and so much more being the center in this family saga.Brooklyn, 1947: In the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born, minutes apart. The mothers are sisters by marriage: dutiful, quiet Rose, who wants nothing more than to please her difficult husband; and warm, generous Helen, the e [...]

    6. The Two-Family House is a story of two brothers, Abe and Mort Berman. Abe lives upstairs with his wife and four sons while Mort lives downstairs with his wife and three daughters. The brothers have very similar lives. They both have loving wives and both work as part owners of the box manufacturing company their father founded. There the similarity ends. Abe is jovial and readily shows affection to all, doesn’t hold a grudge and finds forgiveness comes easy to him. Mort is morose and socially [...]

    7. I am afraid that The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman just did nothing for me. The premise was interesting, but it was also rather obvious what had happened. That's okay, I can work with that as long as the book keeps me interested, which this failed to do. The first third I found interesting, but from there on it began to flag to the point where I just wanted it to be over.I listened to this on audio, perhaps it may have been a better read than a listen. Rose's constant whining irritated [...]

    8. 3.5 StarsA Touching story about two families living in Brooklyn in 1947. Its the sort of good old fashioned story that you just want to curl up on the couch with. I really enjoyed this debut novel by Lynda Cohen Loigman. I listened to this one on audible and the narrator was excellent and I loved putting on my headphones and stepping into the lives of Abe, Mort, Helen and Rose and their families. And I really did feel like I was a fly on the wall in The Two family house in Brooklyn as the writin [...]

    9. When I was a teeny tiny toddler we used to live in a multiple story house with my mother's sister living on the floor above us. The ground floor was where my grandparents had their mom and pop convenience shop. Before the building was sold, there was a falling out of which I still don't know (or don't remember) the details.To this day I haven't really warmed up to my cousins eventhough we were too young to understand things.In The Two-Family House two brothers live with their respective wives an [...]

    10. Compulsively readable debut about two brothers, their wives, and their families sharing a two-family house in Brooklyn just after World War II. Loigman draws in readers with a pitch perfect description of time and place, as well as uniquely drawn characters who are all-too human. This book is an excellent choice for those who enjoy family dramas. Loigman deftly explores the relationships between the brothers, husbands and wives, parents and children, cousins, aunts/uncles with their nieces/nephe [...]

    11. 4.5/5 stars. This book was pretty damn near perfection! It deals with two families, two babies who were born on the same day and one house in Brooklyn. Both families live in this same house because the husbands are related and the wives have become close friends. I love books that are written from several perspectives and this was one of them. Even though the chapters were on the shorter side, I enjoyed getting a personal insight into so many of the characters, and I was amused to see how differ [...]

    12. May 1947, Rose and Mort live downstairs from Helen and Abe, in a two-family house in Brooklyn. Mort and Abe are brothers. Rose and Helen are very close as sister-in-laws, the best of friends, and are in and out of each other’s homes and lives frequently throughout the days. Rose and Mort have three fairly quiet girls, Abe and Helen have a houseful of four rambunctious boys. Just as Rose is beginning to notice she’s not feeling well lately, Helen notices those same symptoms, and as luck has i [...]

    13. AUDIOBOOKGreat characters. I have been sucked right in to this storyI loved listening to this story about two brothers and their families who lived in the one house one family upstairs and one downstairs. It was a roller coaster ride of the ups and downs in life and a secret the two mothers kept

    14. This is a really remarkable memorable read.Anyone that loves a family drama book, family dysfunctional or just a plain ole moving gut wrenching moments should read this book, its full of emotions.There are still some houses that home 2 families, one up, one down and of course you live in very close proximity of each other which isn't always easy. As we see in this case.Both the husbands are brothers. They own a company too which means even more proximity.What about they're wives?Yes they are fri [...]

    15. I still can't believe THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE is a debut novel. The characters are so real and believable, they feel as if they are people you know and really care about. They made me laugh and they made me cry and all the while I was holding my breath, afraid of what was going to come next. Secrets will be revealed and heartbreak comes along with tragedy which had me going through so many different emotions and feelings. Lynda Cohen Loigman sure knows how families work and she was spot on with the [...]

    16. I wasn't blown away by this novel. I enjoyed the first half a lot better than the second. The last parts of the story seemed to move too quickly for me and the ending felt a bit neat and unrealistic. I really liked the development of the characters which helped me to empathize with the feelings each character was dealing with. The choices these women made and the resulting conflict was very well played out. I am left wondering if the choices had been different would things have still turned out [...]

    17. Oy vey. This is a fershtinkiner.I interrupted my reading of this novel to pick up three other books, books with big plot lines and multiple characters, and never lost the thread of this one. What that illustrates is the utter boredom I felt reading this novel and also its thorough predictability. The author’s use of foretelling is so blatant that I eventually started guessing just to entertain myself. Oh, that guy is eating a lamb chop and his wife says he needs to watch his health, there’s [...]

    18. Great premise but poorly executed. The characters were one dimensional and the story line beyond predictable. I finished this bookbut if I had other books to read, I would have put this one aside.

    19. Sometimes you can't predict what a person is capable ofI really enjoyed this debut novel. The first 30% was a bit slow, as the author tells you what will be happening in the opening chapter, and then proceeds share the build-up to this event with you. I personally think she should have left the opening chapter, as the first third of the book would have been much more suspenseful. The rest of the book is amazing, as you realize that the story is actually not about the event but about the conseque [...]

    20. Thank you so so so much NetGalley, Lynda Cohen Loigman, and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read this exceptional story !I almost always start with the positives, but I only have one critique that actually isn't so much of a critique.you'll see I'm going to start there and then tell you all how much I loved this book. Predictability. I figured out pretty quickly, and probably many readers will, exactly what happened that one nighte night you read about first from the perspective of the [...]

    21. I must admit that The Two-Family House surprised me in the end. It started off quite slowly. Initially, I found the writing to be clinical and I thought I knew just where it was going when I was 9% through. This all changed dramatically at about the 60% mark.Rose and Helen are sisters-in-law living in the same Brooklyn brownstone. They have always been very close; more like sisters than in-laws. During a blizzard, while their husbands are out of town on a family business matter, they both go int [...]

    22. I won this as a GiveawayI enjoyed this character driven book. The story is set in 1950s Brooklyn. Two brothers and their families share a home. Abe and his wife Helen have all boys, and Mort and his wife Rose, all girls. They have babies on the same winter night, and the 2 become best of friends. I enjoyed the development of the characters, though it was hard to like Rose.I'm already hoping this debut author will have another book out soon.

    23. This book absolutely transported me back to the 1950s, when two brothers, Abe and Mort, share a two-family house with their own families. Their wives, Helen and Rose, are close friends until the night they both give birth to their youngest children. Helen had four sons and desperately wanted a daughter. Rose, with three daughters, hoped to give Mort the son he longed for. After they give birth at home in the midst of a blizzard, nothing is the same for them.Loigman is masterful in her character [...]

    24. What a wonderful debut novel! The Two-Family House focuses on the choices we make and the potential repercussions. I had to read 30 or so pages before it hooked me, but after that I could not put the book down. The characters and the plot are well developed, and I did not want the story to end.The story begins in 1947 in Brooklyn and focuses on two brothers, Abe and Mort, and their families. Abe and his family live upstairs, and Mort’s family resides on the first floor. Abe and his wife Helen [...]

    25. This is an impressive debut novel which focuses on that trickiest of subjects - complex family dynamics and relationships over a considerable period of time. Helen and Rose are friends that share lives, bring up families and live in the same house. They are married to two brothers who are in business together.After having a wonderful relationship, strains begin to appear between Helen and Rose due to decisions made. Secrets are revealed and heartbreak comes in the form of tragedy. Cultural norms [...]

    26. 4.5 stars. You know when you're reading a book and you don't want it to end? Yeah, this book was one of those times.

    27. A special thank you to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Cover Love. Lynda Cohen Loigmandelivers an impressive debut THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE, a multi-generational exploration of two complex Brooklyn families, in a lovely Brownstone-- rich in history, character, and love.Two brothers, Mort and Abe buy a quaint Brooklyn brownstone. Abe and his family are upstairs and Mort’s downstairs. Busy running their father’s company, their lives are intertwined in ma [...]

    28. This was a really good book, actually it was a great book. I loved the story line and the characters. It's funny, the characters I started out disliking ended up being my favorites. And the ones I liked at the beginning ended up being my least favorite. As this is the story of two brothers and their families over a period of years, there are a lot of emotions going on in this story. And I felt them all. A man who never had time for his three daughters, but had lots of time for his youngest child [...]

    29. Read it in a day. Loved this one. Probably my favorite so far this year. Hope to see more from this new author. Have to mention that my absolute favorite quote from the book was Mort saying that it would be so much easier to be nice to people if they would stop talking to him. LOVE that!

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