Thursday, December 30, 2010

Secret Life of Bees & A Reliable Wife

Written in the poetic and enchanting style of Sue Monk Kidd, this book puts a spell on you... takes you to another time... another world. The story of a young girl searching for a mother, a home, and love, finds it in the midst of May, June, and August, covered in honey...

I enjoyed the journey this book took me on. I fell in love with all the characters, each one so clearly etched into the readers mind. I felt their bonds to each other, their struggles with social justice and freedom, the wounds of their hearts, and their strength through it all. It speaks to the heart, whose desire is acceptance, answers, and love.

After reading The Secrete Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair by Kidd, I wonder about the author. There are quite a few similarities between the books... two females who leave the home they know, in search of answers, both have mother issues, and desire to discover themselves, both succeeding in the end.

I read this right after The Secret Life of Bees, and it took a bit to adjust to completely different writing styles of the authors. Kidd has a very fluid and languid poetic style, while Goolrick though still figurative, was more abrupt and segmented in is writing.

Set at the turn of the century in a Wisconsin winter, wealthy widower Mr. Truit, mourns the life he had, regrets the mistakes he's made, and tires of being lonely. Placing an ad for a wife he accepts the inquiry of Catherine who has motives all her own.

With three very strong characters wrestling with goodness and evil, selfishness and selflessness, plot twists and passion, I was not left disappointed.

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