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I was drawn into the story immediately. At first it was the description of characters that delighted me. Secondly, it was the familiarity of the Oregon locations (my town) that pulled in, but then Ms. Pierce showed she is a wonderful and gifted story teller. Courtney Pierce has a way of describing a room, a house, a community and most importantly a character that makes you feel they are real, alive, warm, welcoming-- somewhere you want to be and people you want to meet. She is never too wordy and over descriptive, but always just enough to present a clear and perceptive "picture" to the reader.
The introduction of the mystical and magical fabric that ties everyone and everything together is done with such a light touch that you find yourself envying the characters who come in contact with it (well, almost everyone) and the places it takes them.
Courtney's ability to describe her characters and the places they live and visit is second to none, in my book. I can think of many lauded authors who should have her ability. I found myself transported on more than one occasion--I felt happy and contented and then realized I couldn't wait to turn the page and/or move to the next chapter. I had to find out what happened next. Emotions ran the gamut... even experiencing a couple of tearful moments--not out of horror or deep unwarranted sorrow--but the good kind of tears because Courtney had touched a place in my heart with her characters.
You will find this a lovely simple story of terrifically "ordinary" people. Even the "villain" in this story is just all too human, whose weak character makes him susceptible to "success at all costs and by any means" experienced by many in todays material world.
The everyday joys and experiences of her characters are only that much more special with the influence of that certain textile.
I seldom have read a book that I want to tell all my friends and family about immediately. Perhaps I'm a simpleton at heart, but I could find nothing to criticize about in this book. Why, the fact that it has an actual ending makes it a definite recommendation people like my husband who hate reading any books that leave the story open-ended on the final page. It's a great yarn! I look forward to Brushes. Enjoy!
This book is unlike most paranormal books I have read. I would not blush handing this book to my mother to read as I would with some other paranormal books I have read. The paranormal aspects of the book are contained in the magical ability of the fabric itself (and its connection with death.) The story focuses on new beginnings and being free with yourself. For example, Spence and Jean move from their home in Texas to Oregon. Once there, they try to figure out what they should do with this new stage in their life.
There is a sweet relationship with the characters. They are heartfelt and loving. It is easy to feel connected to them and feel the sadness, happiness, or fear that they do. The "bad" guy in the book is pretty much one-dimensional but the other characters make up for that.
The beginning was a little slow for me as I tried to figure out what exactly the fabric does and how it will be connected to the main characters, Spence and Jean. As the book progressed, I enjoyed it much more; there was more action and adventure.
The good parts? The character relationships were amazing. I really liked the characters, especially Jean, Spence, Mary, and Mycroft. The plot really grew on me as I progressed with the book. Finally, the writing was mature and easy to read.
The bad parts? The bird theme was really heavy--not to say this is bad, but it really stood out as I read. It would sometimes make me stop while reading to say "another bird reference." As I have said, the beginning was a little slow for, but again I am used to different paranormal reads where things just take off right away.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It will be interesting to see where the next book will take things.
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