“That’s what we have to remember. Light defeats darkness. Never the other way around.”
Where do I even start? This is one of those evocative, straight to the heart kind of stories where once you turn the final page, you have to take a few moments to gather yourself and let all that just happened truly sink in. I had planned to read a couple of chapters before going to bed one night and then ended up staying up all night. I simply could not stop.
“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They’re soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.”
In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.
Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks into depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.
Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.
Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.
Have I mentioned this one hits you deep in your heart? It’s because this book (again so beautifully written) deals with topics that happen all around us. Julie deals with these topics and realities no person or parent should have to go through, but do. They’re terrible and horrendous, they cut people deep, but through amazing grace people are able to rise up again.
The characters are beautifully written and you feel all they feel. You’re completely drawn in. This is an emotional journey. I won’t lie to you. But it’s also real. The stuff that goes on in this novel, is the stuff that happens to people around the world. There’s some hard things that happens to us and those we love. This world is broken and fallen. But this also isn’t it.
I was emotionally drained by the end of the book, but it’s worth it. Though her beautiful writing style and storytelling, you’ll be reminded of hope. (Then you read the author’s notes and even more so).
And this cover? Perfection.
What’s a recent read that has hit straight to the heart for you?
(Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)