What at first glance I thought to be a tale of a woman's life changing right from her very foundation and her having to muster to push through or accept defeat...which I would have been fully satisfied with...ended up being intertwined with many heavier issues (surprise!). We've the spousal abuse she experienced in her past come to haunt her in her present. There's the subject of gay marriage and the fight for equal rights, each tackled as a topic but also something deeper as it directly affects several character's lives as well as plays a role in a spiritual aspect of the story. We've the constant battle to strike a balance between the past and the future, and the unexpected impact those decisions can have on our present. There's the reconciliation of old loves and new possibilities, both in the mind as well as the heart. We even have a contemplation on who it is exactly that's responsible for our world in the first place (non confrontational to readers though), and what they really wanted for us as a people. Pretty heavy stuff, like I said, but interesting just the same, and it still plays well with the side story of potential love to be found.
In the end, while not at the top of my favorites list, it did subtlety work its way into my heart. For me, the most memorable moments were Frank coming to the aid of the baby moose (~tear~), Mona's reaction when the covered bridge was in peril (~double tear~), and the unexpected freedom found in the passing of two souls (one we'll mourn, the other...not so much). So take a chance, and welcome the autumnal reads with a wordy walk through the Northeast US of A. See what catches your eye, your thoughts, and your heart...
Nancy Hayes Kilgore, a writer and psychotherapist, and was 2016’s winner of the Vermont Writer’s Prize. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her first novel, Sea Level, was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year. Formerly a parish pastor, Nancy leads workshops on writing and spirituality for clergy, therapists, and writers throughout the U.S. She lives in Vermont with her husband, a painter, and expresses her passion for nature, spirituality, and psychology through writing.