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I laughed, I cried, I related and most of all, I learned. My Kindle's bookmarks feature got a workout with this novel because there were so many beautiful passages, I didn't want to forget them.
Sugar's Dance is a story that is unique in that you know the author is writing from a very personal place, and she does it so eloquently. Her writing style is very touching, graceful and heart warming. You will not finish this book without understanding her pain, triumph and why the difference between how the world sees you and how you see yourself is so important, especially in her case.
Tula DuBois, or Sugar, is an amputee. In a tragic car accident, she lost her leg and a whole lot more. For all intents and purposes, she essentially lost her life despite the fact that she was the only survivor. The irony is never lost on her. In the beginning of the story Sugar battles with herself as the anniversary of the tragedy approaches. But this year marks the tenth year since the accident and this time she can't do it with the same support. Her breaking point becomes evident as her pseudo family watches the nightmares, starvation and isolation take over her. Until Van comes into the picture and shows her that she is worthy of all the beauty life has to offer her, including himself.
I'll admit I'm a bit of a softie with romantic mysteries, especially when they involve cops. But this story is very unique compared to most that I've read and written.
Bravo Katie Mettner! You truly have a gift and bless you for sharing your story.
It was so difficult to choose from all twenty two passages that I highlighted, but here are a few that I truly loved and will remember:
"My grandpa always told me that you don't have to go to church to talk to God. You can sit in the woods on an old tree stump and do the same thing you can do in a pew. He told me it isn't about the physical place, it's about the relationship you have with Him."
"I'm still mad at Him and he knows that. I can agree to be friends with Him, but I haven't figured out how to love Him again."..."That is one of the most frank admittances of imperfection I have ever heard. You are a surprise around every corner, Tula. The fact that you still come out here and you still talk to Him and you still believe in that higher power is admirable considering what you have been through. I'm inclined to believe that He loves you for your honesty because I don't believe He gets that from a lot of his worshippers."
"I think it's the perfect song in this case. Maybe you should say those final things you never said to your parents. Maybe you should say them out loud to the wind and the water. Maybe that would allow you to come out here and see this as everything that it can be instead of everything that it was."...."I want them to be proud of me and what I've done with my life. I want them to see that I didn't take my second chance and waste it. I want them to see that I fought back and everything they taught me is in here." I patted my chest.
"You know it's my job to protect you from things that go bump in the night even if those things aren't in the same world I'm in."
Okay, this is the last one......
..."They see you as a person, not you as the disability. But it's obvious that when it comes to me all you see is the disability. It's like you can trust that as a cop I'm going to keep you safe from the bad guys, but as a man I'm one of the bad guys."
I'm so glad this story is a series!!
Always writing about choices and how God can help us change, Paula Rose Michelson wrote the Amazon Best Selling Christian self-help book "How Did We Become Angry?" That book and her three sweet Christian fictions with a Messianic twist and a hint of history: "Beginning Anew: The Naomi Chronicles" and "Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing, Books One and Two", are available on Amazon.
But more than just a story there is something about this tale that sets it apart from most books i have read to date. The character of Sugar is so well written and so involving that it seems like a real person has been created. It is alot like getting to know someone from the start and as the story evolves you find you have things in common with her, share in the good times and the bad, the highs and lows and there are plenty of both. The choice of first person in the story was very clever in that it draws you in and you become part of the tale.
Ultimately the main character becomes so very likeable that you will miss her once the story ends.
And im paraphrasing here "God bless great authors"
This story is about love, and how it triumphs over despair and grief. A significant subplot deals with disability and organ donation. Reading this book has made me think about organ donation and how by the death of one person, seven people can get off the transplant waiting lists and have a chance at life again.
Three recipes are given at the end of the book as an added bonus. A heartwarming story to be read in a cozy cabin in front of the fireplace.
First thoughts after…….
Thank goodness there is more to the Sugar’s world because this was just a little taste and I’m dying for more!!!!
How Distracted Did I Get?
Sugar is a strong character with wit and humor that I enjoyed thoroughly! She is addicted to coffee maybe even more than I am if that’s possible. With fascinating recipes and a handsome Irishman this story can’t go wrong. Sugar has some rocks to climb to help her through a tough time and Van is the man to do that. (Did I mention the handsome Irishman?) Sugar’s Dance is wonderfully woven story that is difficult to put down. My husband asked if I had a new appendage the book was so attached to the now well-loved book!