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- Publication Date : January 23, 2017
- File Size : 532 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 366 pages
- Publisher : Paige P. Horne (January 23, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- ASIN : B01MYSI5L4
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #641,536 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By: Paige P. Horne
5 out of 5 stars
The story Chasing Fireflies by Paige P. Horne is family life/romance book. This is a story of two people who are madly in love and are holding onto each other tight as if every day could be their last. This is the story of Sara and Cash Williams. I found this story to haunt my thoughts long after I finished reading. The storyline is beautiful and the characters are amazing. Cash Williams married Sara when they were young. He has never regretted this decision, just wished that he could change the situation that Sara is in. She has an illness that impairs her mind and she is not always able to control her moods and actions. Cash doesn’t always understand why Sara does some of the things she does, however, that doesn’t change his love for her one bit. His decision to marry Sara has alienated him from both his parents and although Sara’s parents take a role in her life they are always critical of both of their decisions. This story begins with Cash and Sara moving to a new town. As it is a small town they soon begin to socialize with others and make many friends. However, Sara’s illness is not something that they can ignore so their struggles sometimes lead to arguments.
Sara is an amazing person that loves Cash with all her heart. She is sometimes insecure of his love for her and needs to be reminded of how much he loves her. Sara’s illness causes friction and arguments between both herself, Cash and her parents. Sara has her good and bad days and it breaks my heart to read of when she has the bad ones. Sara also goes through times when she will not listen to even Cash and her illness always gets worse. It is a balancing act and one that Cash always prays that they will get through. Even though Sara has her ups and downs she does work at the library where she gains new friends so that she is not isolated.
This story is emotional. Quite a few times I was reaching for tissues. However, it also is about love that runs deep and is unconditional. This is the first story that I have read by the author and I found that both her writing style and character development are amazing and I will be reading the other books she has written. This story does include adult situations and sensitive subject matter. It would be recommended for those 18 years of age or older.
Cash and Sara are such a beautiful couple. Living with a mental illness, is hard for any and all involved. When it’s your spouse, it’s so hard. You want what is best for them, you want to love them to the fullest, you want nothing but happiness for them. But when the illness comes at random times, you suffer right along with them. Constantly wondering why you are not good enough for them.
As we travel over the years of this young couple through their first years of marriage to buying their first home to securing a job, to getting promotions, to everything that goes along with your first 5 years of marriage.
In the background though the battle that Sara is battling, is strong. Always trying to rear it’s vicious head and steer her in the opposite direction than what a person who doesn’t suffer a mental illness travels. Daily battles fighting the demon.
Their love is a strong one though. Cash and Sara have been together since High school. Cash has seen Sara in her happy place and he has seen her in her sad place. But one thing always…Cash has been there.
This is a very emotional journey of two people fighting together the battle of one having a mental illness. This author did a fantastic job bringing out all the battles that one fights when plagued with this illness. A great page turner that you have to keep reading.
Sara struggled with anxiety and loneliness. Her mind would betray her with worried thoughts. Sara lived in a state a perpetual paranoia. Cash loved Sara despite her mental illness. Cash was very protective and understanding of Sara's condition. Sara was unpredictable and had no control over her mood swings.
Im not sure how I stumbled upon this book but it certainly landed in good hands. This story encompassed everything I look for in an emotional read. I love a good heartwarming story about characters struggling to overcome any form of illness. Horne did a great job of capturing Sara's illness. Horne showed the struggles Sara faced on a daily basis. Not to mention the effect her illness had on her husband and parents.
The story included past memories and scenes from the time Cash started dating Sara when her illness went undiagnosed. These past scenes help develop the characters forming a deeper connection with the reader. Sara struggled for normalcy while trying to balance a simplistic life.
“My mind is falling in on itself. Life seems blurry. Nothing is clear.” Great quote.
The story was not limited to Sara's problems. In this small town it was hard to hide problems and issues happening with the other characters.
To reference the authors words, Cash was sick in love with his sick wife. It's a bittersweet story considering Cash does everything he can to protect Sara and keep her happy. Yet Cash will never understand the cravings Sara had, to shut off the noises she heard. The author showed all the varying symptoms of this illness.
I'm a sucker for stories that can enlighten me and educate me about illnesses I'm unaware about. I kept waiting for something horrific to happen. Knowing this kind of illness I'm certain something bad was bound to happen. Every time the author transitioned a new scene with Sara I read with caution expecting chaos.
Cash's character goes above and beyond for Sara. He tells Sara he loves her and shows her daily. Cash was the epitome for support. Without Cash I'm certain Sara would not have coped with her illness as well as she did.
Cash was helpless in comprehending the symptoms of Sara's mental illness. Cash gave Sara an unconditional love. Sara and Cash loved hard and together they weathered the storm of Sara's illness despite her mother's constant coddling.
The story showed many forms of love through the minor characters. Every characters relationship had tough times but they too weathered the storm of love.
This story depicted that sometimes the best remedy for any illness is unconditional love and support.
The author did an excellent job illustrating how these characters changed over time even with love present. These characters showed tremendous growth.
Top reviews from other countries
What really solidified my appreciation for 'Chasing Fireflies' was its honesty. The books paints a picture of life that is both beautiful and heartbreaking in its accuracy. There is both hope and hopelessness in the story, and highs that we all experience are as well represented as the lows. This makes the struggles of the characters more relatable, allowing readers to really place themselves in both Cash and Sara's shoes. I found myself being forced to confront questions I hadn't asked myself before, wondering what I would do or how I would feel in the same situation.
The writing itself was poignant and captured the tone and atmosphere of the story well. The rustic, small town vibe comes across strongly, and immerses readers in the world of the characters. Life seems to slow down when you read this novel, matching the laconic, sitting-on-the-porch-watching-the-sunset mood that pervades throughout the book.
I still haven't been able to get the story out of my head, and while it was difficult to read at times, it's one that needs to be told. I applaud Paige Horne for having been brave and honest enough to tell it.