- Paperback: 225 pages
- Publisher: Turner (October 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1618580310
- ISBN-13: 978-1618580313
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Gracious Plenty Paperback – October 2, 2012
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Sheri Reynolds is a compelling storyteller. Her characters are unforgettable. She doesn’t pull back when showing the reader what it is like to be burned, and how people in their ignorance can be cruel. But there is a little light shining through this dark story. There is love and compassion in its uncomfortable telling. My only caution is that it is graphic and there is language that is unsuitable for some people. I read this on Kindle and I am giving it a 4 star rating.
Soon Finch discovers she can hear and speak to a dozen or more ghosts in the graveyard. And the more she does, the more each of their unique stories are revealed to both her and us -- the baby boy who never stops crying, the gentleman revealed after death to be a transvestite, the young daughter who tries to get Finch to make her mother accept her suicide, etc.
As Finch gets to know each ghost over time, listening to each of their individual and poignant stories of courage and suffering gradually begins to make her see her OWN story (also one of courage and suffering) in a new light. Cutting herself off from the world may have helped to protect her heart from pain and rejection, but it also protected it from love and friendship, a trade-off Finch finally decides just ain't worth it.
This isn't brilliant novel -- it's fairly simply written and doesn't really delve too deeply into any majorly-emotional or "thoughty" kinds of themes. However, despite what may sound here like fairly dark content, this is actually a very light, feel-good kinda book. Finch is sharp-minded and sharp-tongued, making her exactly the kind of lady I like to hang out with, and the story itself moves quickly and is presented engagingly. If you're looking for an even-keeled, no stress, easy-readin' sort of novel to dive into between hectic holiday moments this month, you might give this one a shot. See what you think. Recommended!