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Journey Through an Arid Land Paperback – February 10, 2015
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Finally, I wish the author would write a sequel - I NEED to know more - what happens to the people we came to know and care about?
In her book, Ms. Jandrey is telling a story that is very real nowadays.
The story and diverse personalities draw you in quickly and make the book is hard to lay down.
Ms. Jandrey's presentation of the characters is very real. For some you feel a real sense of the power of love and human kindness, for others a stomach turning loathing.
Once you start this book you will read it to the end.
Four women take center place in this tale, for all that it’s a murder mystery where detective and suspects are men, and a social mystery where the victims are children too young to understand. Wiona is bound to the present. Emma speaks the past, but just might turn to see the future. Belen lives in limbo and fear. And Lucy opens her heart to reveal both hurt and hope.
Stokey, meanwhile, patrols the border, obeys the rules, and maintains a human decency and concern. The past has hurt him too, and the future seems betrayed, offering another arid land from the title—another place between hurt and hope.
The truth is, we all make our journeys when life’s promise fails. This novel reveals the common bonds between us, and the present flowers of the desert which might be seen if we open our eyes. It also reveals the darkness of human cruelty and greed, the desert’s danger that cannot be denied, whatever political views are espoused.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy, and I loved it.
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