From Publishers Weekly
A dreamlike quality pervades this lovely tale by Hunt, the veteran author of more than 70 books. Thirty-five-year-old Aurora Norquest is left floundering after the mother she's nursed through dementia dies. Aurora rattles around her Manhattan apartment, suffering from agoraphobia and contemplating suicide. She also begins to wonder about the father she's never known, a famous horror novelist. Yet something as significant as finding her father is a long shot for Aurora, who is afraid even to walk to her apartment building's lobby. Then Philip, an economics teacher, gently pries Aurora from her cocoon and awakens her to life—and to faith. (Readers will notice the names correspond to the princess and prince in Sleeping Beauty
, among other parallels.) As Aurora confronts her haunting dreams, voices (could they be from God?) and fears, she begins to discover that much about her past that she had taken for granted was untrue. The novelist father—who has everything, yet longs for the daughter he's never known— intentionally mirrors the biblical parable of the shepherd and the one lost sheep. The capable Hunt handles the mechanics of storytelling with aplomb, and the happy conclusion, while a bit rushed, should please.
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Hunt's The Awakening
features an introverted central character, Aurora Norquest, who has cared for her invalid mother for many years and has developed a pathological fear of leaving her Manhattan apartment. When at last her mother dies, Aurora begins experiencing some disturbing dreams accompanied by an authoritative voice. Somehow all of this seems connected to her mysterious father, a horror writer who deserted her mother when Aurora was still in the womb. A kindly confirmed bachelor helps Aurora to overcome her obsessions. Though Hunt's premise is interesting, in the end it collapses into atmospherics and is little more than a formula romance. John MortCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved