Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

An affecting novel from author Julie Cantrell that will have readers believing in the power of redemption and the resilience of the human spirit. How one family can stay strong and endure gut-wrenching loss, and how another crumbles and implodes from the inside boggles the mind, and questions our faith in humanity and in God. As I was reading this book, I found myself furious with the main character, Amanda, but also feeling compassionate with her for what I know is the truth for us as mothers-we all just want our children to be safe, loved, and cared for. To have the ability to see their beautiful faces day in and day out is a privilege we often take for granted. This book was slow-moving at times, but the message is a powerful one. It will break your heart. Hug your children or whatever it is that you hold so dear. Life is fleeting, my friends.

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace. Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks into depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed. Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss. Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.

This novel is one I will not soon forget, and I am sure you will feel the same way.
Happy Reading!

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