This is a really, really great book. The premise is four siblings are returning to the family vacation home in Maine to decide what to do with it. Their mother has recently died and all of them are suffering from the reality of her death. Each character is battling demons and harboring secrets, deep secrets, from each other.
There is such moving language describing the sea that surrounds the m=home and how its movement, depth, and color translates to the story.
It’s definitely not a one day easy read as there is so much depth to the characters and to their relationships with each other and to the memories of the house.
Alice has been deserted by her new husband just days into their honeymoon. Justin leaves a note that doesn’t explain anything. He refuses to reply to her texts or emails and n one she contacts even knows he’s left her.
Evelyn lives with the sad knowledge of the love she left a long time ago. It’s been a burden on her heart for years but at the time she felt she was doing the right thing.
Alice and Evelyn met at the art gallery Alice manages. Under the captivating painting, Cristina, by Wyett, the women forga a friendship based on Evelyn’s telling her story and of how the emotions parallel those of Alice.
Both Alice and Evelyn have emotional issues to resolve. Evelyn’s wisdom helps Alice to see her situation form a different light and maybe accept it.
OK so I am in love with anything by Megan Crane.
Honestly, I have loved all the books I have read by Megan Crane beginning with A Game of Brides three years ago. And then there’s Once More with Feeling and I love the 80’s which I also adored. I knew this would be another favorite and it is! Megan writes a wonderful story no matter the plotline, a story full of great words to describe the feelings, the settings, and the emotions that all combine to make something so worth the time it takes to read.
Yeah, it’s a romance but it’s a really good romance. I love stories that talk from the guy’s perspective when he is the one that finds himself in an internal quandary. This is true of Cody who has never seen the future with any woman but when he meets Skylar all those notions of having no permanent woman take a hike. He is drawn to her as never before and as never again. She, however, has been living a non-life as the widowed fiancé of what everyone described as the perfect man for her. She is truly not living at all-until she meets Cody. In her mind, he has brought her back to life and she welcomes the breath he brings to her, if only for a little while and she’s fine with that. He’s not. He’ll find her and bring her back. Period.
Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gabas has been the best book I have read so far in 2017. I read it back in January and it still resonates with me. There are two stories woven together of current and past that create so many feelings that I could not put it down.
There is, first, the opening story of Clarence, a young woman at odds with her life.she discovers part of an intriguing letter written by either her father Jacobo or her Uncle Killian. After sharing the contents with a friend close to her father and uncle, Clarence embarks on a journey to uncover the truth behind the letter. Her journey takes her to a formerly great cocoa plantation on an island off Africa where Spaniards once colonized.
Second, is the story of Killian and Jacobo on the plantation and of their differing notions of life there. Jacobo sees it as a way to work and send money back to family in Spain. Killian, on the other hand, develops a deepening love for the people and culture and a passion for a particular off-limits woman.
The way that these two stories of Clarence and her uncle and father is what truly gives Palm Trees in the Snow it’s life blood. Both stories tell of harrowing live and experiences of fear, anguish and of the unveiling of truth. It is truly a novel well worth reading.
So, my son says to me that because I love to write and read and review, I should start a blog. And, I’m thinking, like when? As if I have a moment of free time to put my thoughts down anywhere but on the couch? Then he says, just do it and you’ll find the time. OK, I think-in between watching a 3 1/2 year old, finding a way to the gym, day dreaming about a future of freedom in the mornings, and making the bed, sure. I guess I can do this.
Now, what to expect? Well, most likely book reviews as I do read a lot (in between all the other stuff mentioned above) and I do already review the books I read be they library ones or purchased or advanced reader’s copies. But, I really want a place to say more than what I already do about a book or at least say why I just couldn’t get into it. It happens to me after about 2 chapters sometimes and I don’t feel I want to waste my time on something that doesn’t even shake my tree. I’m sure I am not alone in this with other readers.
Then, there’s the whole (maybe) topic of just life in general. It’s a huge one for sure. Check in to see if I’m doing a book or life or both!