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Chasing Sophea: A Novel Paperback – October 17, 2006
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Some things are better left unsaid...it's a recurring theme throughout Pina's latest release, Chasing Sophea, but quite the opposite, this gifted author says it all and much more! I loved Pina's first novel, Bliss, and couldn't' wait for Chasing Sophea. As expected, she didn't disappoint her fans, as Chasing Sophea is quite the gripping page-turner, which will leave you addicted to its pages!
In Chasing Sophea, Pina pulls the reader into a fascinating world of a prominent, southern, funeral parlor owning family that is forced to confront a series of deep, hidden secrets involving severe mental illness, love, betrayal, and suspense. A young writer, with a hearty old soul, Pina's depiction of southern folklore is well captured and expressed vividly through her characters, which immediately emotionally connect her readers, as each is that familiar family member.
In Chasing Sophea you'll meet Aunt Baby, the obvious rock of the Culpepper family, blessed with the "gift of healing." It's up to her to save one of her very own from self destructing, while also preserving the Culpepper name.
There's also Percival Tweed, the mysterious, suspicious, but also rather comforting, wise albino who knows all ands sees all, and lives on the Culpepper property.
Dahlia, a successful businesswoman, with a dream husband and daughter, but who routinely encounters spells leaving her lost and confused about her present and past.
Lucious Culpepper -Dahlia's proud, handsome, emotionally subdued father who has long buried the seeds of the past, but is suddenly forced to face it at full speed and deal with self-feeding demons of his own.Read more ›
The Culpepper dynasty is forever changed after that fateful event. Luscious Culpepper, a good-looking Creole and successful mortician, forbids mention of his wife, Reva, and the accident. He covers his pain by entering a loveless marriage to a smitten teenager half his age (and seven years older than Dahlia) and throws himself into his work. For years, Dahlia suffers in silence, moves from Dallas to Pasadena immediately after college, marries, and rarely mentions her family again. Seven years into her marriage with Michael, Dahlia's world begins to shatter. She experiences memory and time loss, migraines, and frightening nightmares which eventually lead her to therapy at her husband's insistence. It is here where the past and present collide and the novel gains momentum.
Pina pens a very suspenseful novel that keeps reader turning pages to see how things will play out. Although it appears as if Dahlia and Phoebe's relationship is the center of the story, I found myself more mesmerized with the other eccentric family members.Read more ›
to get to the page turning wonder what's gonna happen next kinda story.I feel a sequel would make for another good book by Ms Pina. I read her book Bliss and loved her writing style.
As the story unfolds we learn that the Culpepper family has had a long history of dysfunction. Hansome Lucius, Dahlia's father, was raised by his grandparents as if he was their son after his own parents went away to Paris, France, and never returned. Although his young wife is beautiful, Lucius acts as if she does not exist and imerses himself into the funeral home business as if his life depended on it. Aunt "Baby" Lucius's Aunt is a healer and clairvoyant who is in love with the albino, Percival, the Culpepper's gravedigger for more than thirty years. All the characters have secret demons.
Dahlia herself was involved in an extremely traumatic event at the age of 11 which has caused her to block out the past as a coping mechanism. Through the efforts of her husband and her Aunt "Baby" Dahlia is eventually forced to deal with her past.
The author frequently uses flashback techniques and switches between time, place and charcters with very little warning, which may be confusing to some readers. some of the charcters were sketchy and could have been more fully developed. Apart from that, this book was a quick and entertaining read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Chasing Sophea by Gabrielle Pina is wonderfully written. I liked her book, Bliss. I really liked this book as well. It tugged at my heart. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Djuana
In this suspenseful story, Sophea is not your typical character - 'dressed to the nines' with a promising career and family. However, she is an essential character in the story. Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by fee-fee McLaughlin
The basis of this story is written well in other reviews so I will not be redundant. Let me approach this from another avenue.. Read morePublished on February 6, 2008 by L. Siddiqi
More often than not, a person will find a way to block out painful memories of their past, and avoid the people who are attached to that pain. Read morePublished on February 9, 2007 by The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers