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Destruction: The December People, Book One by [Bayliss, Sharon]
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Dennis Holland is a voice actor with an extensive background from commercials for Lucky Charms, Sam Adams, Panasonic, American Express, and others, to audiobooks by authors such as Anita Shreve, William Gibson, and Douglas Brinkley. He previously worked as a talent representative for television sports and news personalities.

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  • File Size: 1293 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (April 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JO0GDRG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book will suck you in from the start. I found myself turning the pages just to find out what his neurotic behavior concerning a phone call was all about...and then once that phone call was received, I had to keep going to find out what was going on. I have to say that I love this author's writing style. While some of the subject matter was very serious in nature, the dialogue between the characters was light and witty.

We find out that David, who is married with three children, has two children from an affair he carried on over seven years. Now, I am not a fan of cheating and have even been known to put a book down because cheating became the focal point of the story. Fortunately, that is not the focal point here. We have two children who have suffered (so we are told... that's really the only thing that has left me scratching my head. No one has really sat the kids down and asked what happened to them; so you can take the story that is given or make up your own stuff at this point) some pretty atrocious things at the hands of their stepfather. Their mother is now dead and they find out who their father is. We have a wife who is angry beyond belief (and rightfully so), children who are angry with him over what he has done to their family and two children who are probably pretty unsure where they fit into it all.

Oh, and then let's throw in some magic! David is a wizard, he just doesn't know it. His wife and children (including the two he has just found again) are wizards too. This story is really about a family coming together to accept the situation they are thrown into. The behavior of the children is what you would expect. His wife's anger is certainly understandable. But what I didn't expect was the witty banter among them all.
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Destruction was surprising. I expected, from the synopsis, something cheesy about how Christian faith overcomes to inherent eeeeevil of magic. But this was so, so much more developed, intense, and well thought-out than that.

Bayliss has applied a logic to her plot (mainly, to magic) that is flawless. Every time I thought "but, wait a minute!", one of the characters brought up the exact same point. Every time I started analyzing, Virgo-style, a breadcrumb, one of her characters did as well. That's not to say this book is predictable. Not at ALL.

I don't want to give too much away, as the plot is a tense roller coaster ride (filled with...well, destruction) but it's also a character exploration, and it centers on the question of what makes evil, and what makes good. Is it intention? action? unintended consequence? awareness?

I lovelovelovelovelove that Bayliss kept any trite "good witch/bad witch" ridiculousness out of this book. Truly, everyone is shades of moral gray. EVERYONE. And so even after someone does something horrible, it's hard to fully hate them because they're just fallible folks with good intentions/flawed rules/confusion/etc. She also writes conflict and reaction very realistically. Some of those conversations felt incredibly organic (like maybe the author has been through them, herself) and it added to the depth of the novel.

I have to say, Patrick is my favorite. I really related to him in a lot of ways. And I think I, too, am probably an Autumn Witch (September, maybe? Or October?). I thought we maybe got a breadcrumb at the end, during Rachel's ramble, but I'm not totally sure, now. Regardless, I had a difficult time putting this book down. And I really need her to write Book 2, so I can continue the adventure/drama.
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This is one of those books that you don't want to start if you are not going to be able to just sit down and read with NO distractions.

On page one, you discover a family of real people, people who do the best they can to do good, and people who do not always behave as well as they would like. This is most definitely a morality tale.

David's marriage is not perfect, but he loves his wife, Amanda, and together they have 3 children, Emmy, Patrick, and Jude. His and Amanda's children are not perfect, David's business is not perfect, but they are what he has, and he is determined to keep them at all costs.

Despite the fact he loves Amanda fiercely, he had an extramarital relationship with another woman whom he also loved, one that produced Evangeline and Xavier. They are nearly the same age as 2 of his children, and older than his youngest daughter. He is desperate to keep his children together. His love for Crystal had nothing to do with his love for Amanda, and while he refuses to examine that too closely, he is determined to make his new situation work.

When Crystal dies, David is contacted by the authorities. He brings the two children home. things go to hell, but Amanda is determined to keep and raise them along with their own. They are also raising the daughter of friends, and this makes 6 children, ranging in ages from 12 to 18 -- six teenagers under one roof.

The disintegration of the marriage, and the reconstruction of the family into a much stronger unit is a real journey into both betrayal and forgiveness. David is not alone in having kept a serious secret. Amanda is a caring person, but she is obsessed with control, and is ruthless when it comes to keeping the children together. There is nothing she won't do to achieve her goals.
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