I just finished this book last night, after a few days of frantically reading a chapter here and there between work and the day-to-day business of keeping my family alive. This was one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. I love Joshilyn Jackson’s funny, intimate and whole-heartedly Southern way of telling a story. She has a manner of describing painful subjects in a non-awkward and somehow relatable way.
Without giving too much away – this book tells us about the life of Shandi, a young single mother, and a life-changing event that makes her re-evaluate some truths she’s been telling herself that aren’t exactly true. It’s about her search for closure and love. Her story intersects with the story of a man who sees the world a bit differently than most and has experienced a loss that colors the way he thinks about love and life. The book addresses the all-important themes of love, happiness, faith, family, and truth. The characters are sufficiently deep and interesting, and the plot twists enough to keep you guessing about the possibility of a happy ending until the very end.
This line from the book has been stuck in my head since I read it. It’s actually part of a line from an Emily Dickinson poem, and I think it’s beautiful!
“Hope is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson
Loved it. Read it, and let me know if you enjoy it as much as I did!