Rain Dance Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I love that this isn't what you expect. One woman has an abortion, another is still childless. There isn't the "magic" of the one deciding to not abort and giving her child to the childless woman. Knowing this is what appealed to me. I don't like "easy answer" cliche stories.
The first half of the book was excellent. The second half is preachy and I skimmed through it because I wanted to see what happened to the characters. Unfortunately, very real characters in the beginning became flat by the end.
I think the author was very brave to share this story and I'm glad it is out there. I just wish it ended as great as it began: without cliched storylines, with deep real individual characters and without the nearly perfect "happily ever after".
though I may have nothing in common with them. Such is the case with RAIN DANCE.
I have had two healthy pregnancies. I've never been tempted to have an abortion--in fact I'm strongly opposed to it. Still,
I quickly became enmeshed in the tangled emotional and medical situations encountered by Jonica, who can't seem to have children,
and Stacie, who is about to have an abortion (and ultimately does).
Beginning in the waiting room of a doctor's office, the story quickly moves into the emotional struggles of each woman and how
it affects their burgeoning friendship. Jonica, a committed Christian, questions why God would withhold this much-longed-for blessing
from her and her husband. After all, they "followed the rules." But Jonica has even more to endure from the insensitive attitudes of
two church members and even her own sister-in-law.
Stacie, a non-believer raised to consider her own ambitions over all else, is at first angry at Jonica and fully intends to tell her off for
sharing a pro-life article with her. However, Jonica's gentle demeanor seems to drain the hostility away and Stacie finds this new
friendship emotionally nourishing in a time of particular heartbreak. "No one warned me," she says, "about the grief."
For me, Jonica models a particularly loving way of reacting to the hostility of those who don't know Christ. Not totally sure of herself,
she does her best and leads with her heart and Scripture, trusting God to do the rest.
The unfolding story goes much further into the lives into the two women, revealing where and how mistakes can echo down the generations
and how God's love can pull good out of the ashes. I especially liked the way author Dekok portrayed the two marriages, depicting passion
in a vivid but tasteful way and not tiptoeing around the agony felt by the wives and husbands alike.
This is a fine, engrossing, well-written book that kept me reading late into the night. It's a cliche, but I really couldn't put it down.