WHEN RAIN FALLS by TYORA MOODY
Each person in the novel, WHEN RAIN FALLS by Tyora Moody are interesting. There are also goings on that the church would not call Christian. Pamela lives a double life along with the friend of her father.This man is married. His name is Mitch Harris. Then, there is Avante who does far more than run an art gallery. Yolanda Harris is interesting too. She is Mitch’s wife. The characters are colorful and three dimensional.
I did have one problem. I didn’t feel a particular place as I read. I need visual aides like buildings, rivers, stores, etc. to make the story really pop. Something that would help me take away a name of a place and remember it and see it in my mind far after I close the novel. Otherwise, the South can so easily blend in to the North. Leaving me to get lost in the city of somewhere.
The novel made me think about the importance of forgiveness. Lingering memories about pain a person feels they should never have experienced can lead to murderous revenge. An invisible spider web can form catching more than one person in its nasty web. Once in that web it is very difficult to get free again. I have used the word forgiveness often in my past and present. It is such an easy word to say because I’ve heard or read it all my life. Tyora Moody shows through her story forgiveness is as deep and wild as an unwalked forest. I also learned that a face doesn’t tell a person’s character. It is easy to know a person for a very long time and not know what soup is brewing behind the eyes and in the mind. I suppose that is why human beings are called complex characters. Our hearts and minds are like the Mammoth cave filled with different rooms and passageways. I take this thought along with many other thoughts away from When Rain Falls, “You can’t just tuck the past away and forget it. Sometimes you have to acknowledge it, or it will eat you….”Mammoth+Cave
Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
Meredith DeLinn arrives in Nantucket not to have a great vacation but to hide herself away from the anger of many people whom her husband cheated out of millions and millions of dollars. Her shame is deep. She also has to deal with the fact that the Feds might come after her. She could very well find herself and her sons behind bars. Her husband, Freddy, is serving one hundred fifty years behind bars.
Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand is an intense drama. While reading the book, I thought about the importance of a loyal friend. Meredith can turn to no one except her friend, Connie. It is in Connie’s house that Meredith stays during this horrible time. Her only way to hide is to where a wig and sunglasses. Connie never is unavailable. She is always there to help Meredith through the tears and the cruelty perpetrated by other people. For example, someone leaves a seal on the patio with a slit throat. Thought of as a pet to those who live on Nantucket the seal’s name is Harold.
Connie’s life is not perfect. She is dealing with her personal problems. Her husband, Wolf, dies of brain cancer. Her daughter has chosen a new lifestyle. One that completely shocks Connie but one she needs to allow her daughter to live in order for her daughter, Ashlyn, to know her mother’s love is unconditional. This novel is proof that there are people in the world who know how to share their love, understanding and lack of judgement at the perfect time. At one point, Meredith thinks of suicide. Her days become unbearable. I do applaud Meredith’s character. She digs in her feet and faces each day of pain without giving up. However, I do believe without Connie she never would have made it through such horror filled days.nantucketbookworks,
Aleph by Paulo Coehlo
I have decided to not continue with ALEPH by PAULO COEHLO. I believe this novel is perfect for certain people in our society. The people I speak about are those who continue to question our journey through life. These readers have a very high understanding of spirituality. However, I am at the bottom of the pyramid. I’m not even sure which questions to ask. Not sure whether I want to hear the answers that might be shared by someone as knowledgeable as PAULO COELHO. Also, not sure whether I’m content with the spirituality I’ve learned over many years.I’m in the land of confusion. The land of confusion is one where you are searching and hope to find.
To make a long story short ALEPH is just becoming more complicated for me. I’m lost in a forest. The forest is probably filled with healing plants. I just can’t dig deep enough to reach the branches. I’ve lost the strength to pull any harder. So, this brings my journey on the Trans-Siberian train to an end. I am sure many other travelers are waiting to board the train just as Hillael did with her violin.
I did come away with a burlap sack filled with treasures after reading 47% of the novel.
“It isn’t what you did in the past that will affect the present. It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby…”
Interruption: The Gospel According to Crystal Justine by Tracey Michae’l Lewis
Crystal Justine is a young lady who lives a full life. Her life is filled with painful adjustments. Before any young girl should try to understand the forever loss of loved ones, she loses in death her mother, Sasha Germaine, her father and her grandmother. After the loss of his wife, Sasha’s father never really regains his equilibrium. He lives daily with his grief while in the process Crystal is left to learn about life and deal with her problems without his help. Crystal’s mother, Sasha, dies after Crystal Justine is born. Therefore, throughout her life Crystal’s mother, Sasha, is like a shadow that is before and behind her. Her mother becomes a ghost in her life because of her father’s inability to deal with his emotional pain.
While reading TRACEY MICHAE’L LEWIS’ novel, INTERRUPTION: The Gospel According to CRYSTAL JUSTINE, I thought about Crystal’s emotions about her mother. Dealing with grief can never be denied or pushed down into the subconscious with hope that it will just disappear. Grief seems to have a way of piling up and lifting itself from one person to the next person. It’s like a heavy fog in a home where no one can breathe. Unfortunately, this is the legacy that Crystal Justine must live with everyday.
The ghost of her mother isn’t her only struggle. Other horrible circumstances happen in Crystal’s life. Her father’s best friend is the cause of a major catastrophe in Crystal’s life. Although Crystal goes through so much she clings to God. She never let’s go or gives up. I found it surprising that such a young lady could keep going on each day while finding her own answers. Thankfully, one day she meets an older lady. She thinks of the older lady as an angel sent by God. She arrives just in the nick of time with the right answers needed by Crystal Justine. In the end Sasha addresses evil spirits who have always haunted her. Crystal Justine proves to be as hard as crystal. Crystal is defined in this way.
“To every demon in hell who has pursued me, my mother, my grandmother and all of the women before us, you should have took me out when you had the chance because from this day forward, I am…we are…free.” rawsistaz
THE SNOW CHILD by EOWYN IVEY
While reading THE SNOW CHILD by EOWYN IVEY, I had many thoughts about acceptance, disappointments, miracles and letting go. Jack and Mabel live in Alaska. They are an older couple who lost their only baby to death. Jack and Mabel live with that pain daily because having a child would have been one of their happiest moments fulfilled. Still, life must go on without what they would have desired most in life. They have a friendly relationship with the couple and their son, Garrett, who live nearby. One day while playing outdoors Jack and Mabel make a snowman and make Snow angels in the snow. Then, a miracle happens. A snow child is born who can breathe, talk and love. She likes to share anything from the forest like berries and baskets, etc. It’s not long before the couple give the snow child a name. They name her Faina. Faina becomes just like a daughter to them. She becomes the child and grown-up they have always wanted for many years.
While I read the novel, I became lost in the miraculous appearances of Faina. Was she real? Esther, the neighbor, didn’t think so. She had never seen hide or hair of her. However, I became lost in the world of Jack and Mabel. I began to think Faina had to be real. Who could hunt and kill animals like her? Who could survive such hard winters? Didn’t she have to be real? She had a father. Jack had seen him. There is a thin line, I think, between fantasy and truth.
As I continued to read THE SNOW CHILD A NOVEL by EOWYN IVEY, I began to feel reality step back in place. I suppose when a heart’s desire comes so easily it can disappear just as easily leaving the lesson that with happiness must come a time of letting go. However, in the letting go there is always a gift left behind to help scale the obstacles. EOWYN IVEY wrote about this in this way.
“He took hold of Mabel’s hand, and when she turned to him, he saw in her eyes the joy and sorrow of a lifetime.”