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- Print Length: 248 pages
- Publication Date: February 25, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U0REY28
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“‘Yes, sir.’ Because that’s the best response to Dad’s rules. The lawyer makes the laws. Breaks the laws. Then rewrites the laws so he looks innocent. That’s how Dad roles.”
Talia does not know any reality but this. Rules, lists of housework, limited access to everyone outside the house, punishments for the slightest disobedience. Somewhere along the line she understood that this was not the world her classmates lived in, but she could not do a thing. She and her brother are trapped screaming for help with silent voices. Until a boy from class suddenly starts breaking down the barrier Talia was forced to put up. While hope slowly brews in her heart, Talia wonders how long until discovery and another punishment.
"Swimming Through Clouds" is a beautiful tragic story that tells of the reality of too many boys and girls. Rajdeep Paulus portrays the story very bluntly, with hope and despair trying their best to push the other one out of Talia’s heart. The mutual care that Talia and her brother had for each other was one of the most heartening parts of the book.
Talia is helped not only by the caring classmate but also by a book in which she reads about the Gardener and the woman who bled for twelve years. This story is, very clearly, the story of the woman who had bled for twelve years found in Luke 8. Talia sees herself in that woman and gleans hope from her healing. Altogether, this is a beautiful genuine heart-hurting book that does not lack in either reality or the promise of a future.
"Swimming Through Clouds" is the first in the Swimming through Clouds series. The second is "Seeing Through Stones" and "Soaring Through Stars."
The character development is spellbinding. You get to know the people bit-by-bit as you would in life. Rajdeep must have paid close attention to her craft after her Junior Year in High School - she's close to perfection.
My only regret about the book is that it ended too soon. She deprived me of a good night's sleep by forcing me to read it in one afternoon and evening and at that cost I needed at least two more chapters. I wanted more. I need a sequel, or another set of stories that are as well written and in the same magnificent voice. That's an author's goal: leave the reader demanding more from them. She's met the goal.
If every new author would take the time to craft their book as lovingly we'd all be better off as readers.
Hats off to Rajdeep Paulus for an incredible start to her literary career.