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Those last days with my step mom were difficult, but they taught me a lot. Not just visible confirmation of what my Dad was truly made of, but that words aren't necessary to define what you believe, that nestled in the strong crook of an arm of the one who understands you without words, you know exactly who you are. Even when she didn’t know who I was, she taught me about not being limited by fear, but going forward with hope, even if the future is not articulated.
This author understands that perfectly and wove that message into a book that is very powerful, one I will share with my remaining family.
The sanest child I am speaking of is Rachel, the oldest. Katherine is the loving mother to two and monster to the third. She won't earn any wife-of-the-year awards either. Art is the loving but detached father who allows his wife to handle affairs at home, regardless of how badly at it she is. Carrie is the child who was unlucky enough to follow in her mother's worst habit; drinking. Todd seemed to swing in the wind. I never felt his character was one I could relate to although he reminds me of my "born without guts" brother.
However, Cynthis Kraack is so very talented at her art that you forget yourself in this tale. All families have dysfunction. I wrote a novel about the dysfunction in mine, but my genre was humor. Kraack's was to rip your heart out and leave it bleeding in the dust. Cynthia, just for the record, although I was the youngest child, I was Rachel. Anyone who reads "The High Cost of Flowers" will be able to see themselves in this book. It is a staggering achievement.
I'd give it a ten.
While the main characters of the story are Katherine, Art and their oldest daughter Rachel, all of the characters felt real. The author realistically portrays what happens when a family crisis strikes and how the world you have known before, even if imperfect, is gone forever and those you love are changed forever. I enjoyed sharing this journey with the family, even when the emotions were painful and was sorry to say goodbye to the Klempers when the story ended.
This book is in need of serious editing as many errors were distracting.
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