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Waters of the Dancing Sky Paperback – February 18, 2012
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"...a brilliant tale of second chances and building a better, stronger life. I highly recommend it." --Melissa Levine, Independent Professional Book Reviewers
" ...a true communion of place, character and plot. Waters of the Dancing Sky is a complete vision, one with reverberating depths and serious surprises." --Laura Kasischke, Author of The Life Before Her Eyes
"Waters of the Dancing Sky is a soul journey...that unfolds like a plot of a Hallmark movie." --Frank Zufall, Spooner Advocate
"It will keep you intrigued, inspired and hopeful. The way the author intertwines reality with fiction simply leaves one to wonder if there aren't such beautiful possibilities out there for all of us." --Beverly Pechin, Reader Views
"... Basking in the beauty and wonders of Rainy Lake (novel's setting) almost causes one to forget the heartaches, broken promises, and losses which occur in life." --Dorothy Barron, Author of Slinging Stones --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
As this novel evolved in my mind, I began to search for the perfect place to set it. It had to be a wilderness lake with lots of islands and a rich history that included Native American heritage. I found that - and more - on Rainy Lake along the Minnesota/Ontario international border. I've done extensive research there, including Voyageur's National Park, to ensure an authentic setting for my story. And I fell in love with this incredible place! Many of my readers are planning trips to Rainy Lake after reading my novel.
As Don Bacue, Executive Editor, International Features Syndicate, described this novel, " Waters of the Dancing Sky is an elegantly told story filled with twists and turns, pain and tenderness, conflicts and resolution. Touched by the spirits of Native Americans long since passed from this world, emboldened by the majesty and magic of the North Woods that surround her, Beth learns at last to life life anew... to let go of the past and embrace the future, whatever it might bring."
For more information, please check out my website, watersofthedancingsky.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Nana raised Beth after her mother’s death in a boating accident on Rainy Lake, Minnesota, but Beth had thought she’d wanted more in life and eloped as a teenager. Now back, Beth attempts to reestablish a life for herself, including the mystery of her parentage to which her grandmother whispered clues as she lay dying.
The best clues are locked in trunks in the attic, and this is where Beth, with a curious lack of urgency, eventually sorts out her mother’s secret. Another part of learning to move on means casting off her ex-husband who is reluctant to share his wealth, and learning to love someone else, her neighbor, Seth, an Ojibwe artist, who had known and helped her grandmother, and kept many of the family secrets, which it turns out, weren’t all that secret in the small community.
Told through several running character viewpoints, this story of regaining identity and dignity, self-discovery, and appreciation of family is a good virtual trip “up north” to lake country.
This story is not the usual romance. The author has the ability to paint with words the beautiful scenery of that area together with the emotional complexities of people. The novel also acts as a guidebook in the areas of philosophy, Indian culture, rugged rural survival aspects and how to rise above no matter what, recognizing the fascinating melodies of existence. This is an unique story of romance, history, human frailties and strengths with the promise that life is fulfilling. Everyone who reads this book will remember aspects of the story that are unforgettable.
When one begins Author, Janet Kay's, Waters of the Dancing Sky, one expects a love story, but it is so much more; she knits and weaves a story of love and its many facets.
Broken and defeated in spirit, confused and rudderless from an abusive twenty year marriage, a call from a dying relative gives Beth Calhoun the courage to leave her husband and an abusive relationship. She retreats to a very special place, Rainy Lake- the place of her childhood and home to generations of her ancestors..
Beautiful Rainy Lake and its surrounding wonders and seasons become the focal setting and center stage for Waters of the Dancing Sky. Basking in the beauty and wonders of Rainy Lake and its surroundings almost cause one to forget the heartaches, broken promises, and losses which occur.. It is here that Beth finds peace, serenity, and an anchor as she derives strength to weather the storms of life and heal emotionally.
In Waters of the Dancing Sky, Author Janet Kay shares with readers a quote, "life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain" (unknown author- Waters of the Dancing Sky, Pg. 115); such is the essence of Janet Kay's beautifully written story.
Waters of the Dancing Sky reminds us of those things that are really important in life and affirms that letting go and moving on are not only necessary, but integral parts of love and life.
Author Janet Kay also shares some interesting and historical facts about her beloved Rainy Lake and surrounding areas throughout the story; at the end of her book, she provides the reader with a listing of internet resource sites about Rainy Lake (Minnesota/Ontario International Border) and other places of interest in and around the region.
Mrs. Dorothy Barron, Author of "Slinging Stones..."
Former Co-founder& Director of Parents Focused on Education