Monday, January 03, 2011
You might have heard I moved to Word Press. I have decided to do my Book Challenges on Word Press. All of my other book news, book talk will remain on blogspot. Thank you for helping me out during this difficult decision.
One Season of Sunshine by Julia LondonAfter reading One Season of Sunshine by Julia London, there is no doubt in my mind why this author is a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR. Yes, the book is a page turner. It is also a novel filled with meaningful incidents and relationships. Jane Aaron is the main character. Jane leaves her adopted family whom she loves very much. She moves to the town named Cedar Springs, Texas to search for information about her biological mother. In Cedar Springs she moves in with a family of three. There is Asher, the father, the teen daughter, Riley, and the youngest child, Levi. This family is in turmoil. They are adjusting to major emotional pain after the death of their mother and wife, Susanna. Levi wets the bed, Riley acts out to get attention. Asher strives to be a mother and father while working hard on his job. He travels often missing how his children are coping on a daily basis.
When the story begins, Susanna has died. I learn about her life and personality through the Price children and of course, Asher. I also learn about her from the grandmother, Helen. It’s odd how I felt so connected to Susanna. While she lived, her life was explosive. If a see-saw could talk and move on its own like in a cartoon, I would name the playground toy Susanna. The mother and wife of the Price family suffered with a chemical imbalance. Since Susanna was Bipolar, no day in her life was normal. No day was normal for her family.
This novel by Julia London is about how a family copes and doesn’t cope with emotional chaos in the home. This novel is a reality check. Although the source of questions, psychological imbalance and the mainstay of a family, like a mother, might leave involuntarily or voluntarily, the environment does not become strengthened and renewed overnight. There is healing to be done while the person is there or not there. The people left behind will carry the scars, splinters and bruises for many days. However, there is always hope. Hope comes in the form of a miracle. In this instance, Jane is the miracle to a hurting family. Jane is this family’s Mary Poppins. There is one difference. She doesn’t carry an umbrella.
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