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Premonition is part of our animalistic nature. Elephants have long been known to be psychic and use telepathy when they grieve. Well Cassandra is in tune with her premonitions. I love the opening line because it is about Cassandra’s premonition; “I feel change rolling through Eagle Valley like a mist before the storm.” Cassandra feels things before they happen and this is the reason she is often reluctant. She was named for the Greek Cassandra who had the gift of foreseeing the future.
Reluctant Cassandra is a brilliant southern novel that has a strong sense of setting. It is set in a historic southern town where change doesn’t happen often, and when it does it is often unsettling. History and family are important.
The recession has taken a toll on the ritualistic lives of historic Eagle Valley where American flags line Maine Street and the historic architecture is so iconic. Cassandra works at an antique shop, and she tells stories about the old furniture she sells using her psychic abilities.
The mist of change that has taken over the town and Cassandra’s life includes her father being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other problems. She must sell her parents’ home and leave the life she has grown to love. On top of that she and her boyfriend break up.
I love this novel because it was relaxing and easy to read. I loved the dog Thor and the characters grew on me. This is a great literary novel. It is about family, friends, and neighbors and coming together. It’s about love overcoming obstacles and individuals being in tune with the universe and their premonitions and who they are. I would recommend this novel to study groups, book clubs, or anyone planning on writing a good southern novel. The book cover, editing, and formatting are all awesome.
Author of Celestial Blue Skies, shortlisted for the Ernest Gaines Award
Ellen Smith's writing was flawless and the story just wrapped me up in its tentacles and wouldn't let me go. I LOVED IT! So refreshing, so innovative, and perfectly executed.
Despite that, the reason why I wanted to read this one so badly was because of the mention of Alzheimer. I wanted to see how others dealt with having their loved ones go through such ordeal.
But while it was a tough read, that also shows just how good the book is. The reader can’t help but connect with Arden, with her fears and struggles, and to cheer for her, even when everything seems to turn against her. I admired her for her strength and weaknesses alike, and even for the gift/burden she had.
It’s a great book, with fluent writing and interesting characters. Fans of women’s fiction will love it. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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