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A true modern day masterpiece,
This review is from: A Flamboyant Disarray Of Dreams (Paperback)
Once I read the final pages of this novel, I considered myself extremely fortunate to have had the honor of reading a modern day masterpiece. Joy Lee Rutter should be highly commended for her work. She has successfully weaved a love story, a story of self-evaluation and a story of discovery into one novel. It is a very difficult feat that she authored rather marvelously.
The main four characters of the story are Joleen Cumberland, Geoff (with-a-G) Stevens, his brain injured brother, Mitch and Mitch's roommate at River Edge, Alex Williams. Joleen starts the story off wondering where life is taking her after seven years of witnessing the unthinkable at the neuro-rehabilitation facility where she works. Torn between pursuing her author ambitions and the unexplainable urge to return each day for another episode of punishment, she sees life passing her by and her accomplishments being constantly put off until tomorrow. At the neuro-rehabilitation facility, there is an array of people staying there that she must care for, including Alex who seems to be lovable, yet unpredictable at the same time. Her co-workers sometime seem to appear to belong with the inpatients rather than working with her.
One day a new patient arrives by the name of Mitch. He was an author that suffered an accident that renders him speechless and with a huge memory loss. Alex is assigned to be his roommate. While everyone else marks Mitch off as just another patient, Joleen senses that he is more coherent than he leads on to be and, through sometimes trying circumstances, she helps to push him on the road to recovery, falling in love with his brother along the way.
The twists that the tale takes are incredible and entice the reader to read on with anticipation as we are privilege to watch from the pages a very well told story. Spiced with humor, sprinkled with emotion and overflowing with intrigue, this is a story that is a must read for every avid reader.