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THE EMBRACING SPIRIT OF AN OLD OAK TREE...,
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This review is from: Solomon's Oak: A Novel (Hardcover)Against the backdrop of a gorgeous Central California Coastal town, this story begins with an historic moment in the past: a man, his wife, and his daughter are set to partake of the golden riches of the new land when tragedy strikes in the form of a swollen Nacimiento River.
From there we open on another world, in another century, and a woman named Glory Solomon, whose life and joy have centered on this land and near this huge white oak tree named Solomon's Oak. Here she had shared a wonderful time with her husband Dan--until he abruptly and unexpectedly died.
Putting her life and her finances back together in the year afterwards comes to be her biggest challenge yet. But near the old oak tree is a small chapel her husband built. And an unconventional couple pleads with Glory to allow them to have their "pirates wedding" there. From this beginning, a new business of hosting weddings for unconventional couples is born.
And on that first day, she meets two other damaged souls: Juniper McGuire, a broken teen, abandoned by her family and the plight that took them under; and ex-cop Joseph Vigil, wounded and still in critical pain, who drops onto the scene unexpectedly to photograph the oak tree.
Juniper is Glory's latest foster child (and first girl), and even though they almost immediately connect, there is so much trouble on the horizon. Will Glory be able to improve this girl's life without taking herself down too? And what will the newly developing bond between her and Joseph bring into their lives? And how will Glory's rescue dogs and horses add or subtract from the scene?
Watching Glory's struggles with Juniper was the most enjoyable part of the story to me. And while the somewhat predictable romance brewing between Glory and Joseph felt like something that could and even should happen, I didn't really "feel" any chemistry between them. To me, it just seemed like one of those plot points that was tossed in there to give Glory something to help her move on. Which is why I deducted one star.
What I loved most about Solomon's Oak: A Novel was the descriptive language that brought the oak tree alive until I could almost see it bending over the people in its wake, as if it were some kind of warm, embracing, and spiritual presence.
A four star read that is sure to captivate many, Solomon's Oak: A Novel was definitely an unforgettable read.
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Initial post: Dec 8, 2010 3:25:39 PM PST
Betty L. Dravis says:
Love the title of this book, RAINY DAY, but love your review too. Sounds good to me...
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2010 6:01:55 PM PST
Laurel-Rain Snow "Rain" says:
Thanks, Bettykins...glad you enjoyed it.
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