Updated: Sep 15, 2022
Inspired. It is an often-overused word, but this story encapsulates what it means perfectly.
It is one thing to be motivated in thought, and another completely to change those notions into action. I noticed that transformation while reading this novel. Adrenaline flowed as I devoured each word. And I found myself leaping off the couch to engage in things I had been procrastinating for too long.
The lives of the two sisters in this book, Betsy and Jenna, contrasted and complemented each other beautifully. The balance of practical life on a dairy farm alongside the whimsical and dreamy escape to a creative world provided a compelling investigation of what it means to honor both in our own unique way.
As a tangential note, I have been longing to "see" my books as a movie, but this story has settled that desire inside me. The way Ms. Denton immerses us inside this novel has renewed my belief that a movie more compelling than any created with cameras and actors/actresses can be created with words alone. This book proves that with the visual depth provided through a combination of poetic and engaging prose.
With so many vantage points to see the elements of this story through, each character allows the reader to peek at the underlying themes from a different angle, catching a new sliver of light that is only visible from that particular perspective.
I must admit, when I began reading this novel, I immediately identified with Jenna, the artist bogged down by daily life with an insatiable hunger for exploring her creative side. But, as the story progressed, I looked forward to the chapters by Betsy and Ty just as much, especially with the way the author interweaved the two sisters' stories into a third one that was better than the sum of its parts.
As a resident on the east coast of Florida, the term Hurricane Season usually invokes a sense of anxiety that can be overwhelming during the summer months. However, this novel and Ms. Denton's emotional storytelling depth has reminded me that even when there is a storm on the horizon, we can always choose to embrace the beautiful calm and new beginnings that await us on the other side of the chaos.
Dave’s Rating: ☕️☕️☕️☕️
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