Angela is a Pulitzer Price winner with a posh LA home and a handsome and successful husband Jackson who loves her a lot. Her life is perfect. Then, a disaster strikes, her husband leaves her and she returns to New England, her hometown.
I was really confused while reading the first few chapters. In one chapter she was with her husband Jackson, all happy and content and in the next chapter she is devastated and unable to think straight and
decide what to do with her life. This alternating of situations and time really left me confused. This goes on for at least 8-9 chapters. I really didn’t understand what was going on. At one time I was going
to give up. But I didn’t. I had a hunch that this book is more than your usual romance book.
But after about 50 pages or so, the book and the writing really blossomed. I starting liking Angela and also started sympathizing with her. I liked the secondary characters too. There is Leo, a high school
boyfriend, still stuck on her and there is Culann, the caretaker of her estate. I found Culann very interesting and likable. Even Lizzy, her childhood friend who is not in talking terms with her anymore is
With the help of her friends and Martha, who brought her up after her parents death, Angela finally comes to terms with the loss and the grief. She realizes what GOD wants her to do with her life.
I don’t want to reveal any more for the fear of spoiling it for anyone who hasn’t read it. And yes, I loved the end; it was so unlike what I expected.
Before every chapter, there is a quote from Angela’s book, ‘Wrestling with the demons’. They are like gems sprinkled in between pages. I found the author, Barbara Boyer’s writing full of practical wisdom.
She preaches without preaching. I just wish it was a little more polished.
I think people who like reading Inspirational or Christian fiction will love this book. But that does not mean others would not like it.
Here are some of my favorite quotes/ sentences from the book: (No Spoilers)
–Many who are physically, emotionally, and spiritually pained believe
they must find the ending to create a beginning.
–There are always other ways back across the water, burnt bridges or not. Whether I choose to go around, wade, swim, or build another way to repair what appears broken or burnt, if I need to.
–“I am a moon who has lost her sea.” Culann smiles, “Why is it the Ocean doesn’t lose its current during the brightness of the day? Our moon doesn’t disappear, Angela. It is till very much a part of the sea. Just because you cannot see something, does not mean it does not exist.”
–Surrendering is not giving up, it is merely moving over to the winning side.
–…just do not give up before the miracle happens.
Okay, clearly I do not know where to stop. Read it if you want to read something inspirational and uplifting.
Authors website: Barbara Boyer
Thanks to Frontstreetreviews for sending me this book.