Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Motherless by Erin Healy

I have read, "Kiss", and "Burn", by Erin Healy and Ted Dekker. Absolutely loved these novels! Took me for an amazing ride. So, after enjoying those copies I thought I would review, "Stranger Things". I must say, that although Erin is a talented writer, her writing style just isn't my cup of tea. I wanted to give her another try. When I seen, "Motherless", for review the cover intrigued me. The description grabbed my attention. 

I understand the premise of this novel. I usually never share any part of the story-line, but in order to share my truthful review I have to reveal just a bit. 

As the story begins my heart was right there on the edge of the cliff with the main character. I thought this was going to be a roller coaster ride, but after those first few pages I was lost. 

We have a mother who is on the edge. As the story begins it sounds like she is committing suicide. The story moves then to her husband who thinks he sees her. Obviously so many years later, with no body found, he is still grieving and still living with hope. But before that hope can even take off he is in a crash and his life has ended. Now the children are alone. And this is where the story picks up and takes off. But in the surrounding scenes there is the mother, with all of her regrets and deep raw pain. 

I love how the author takes  us on a journey of a mother who wishes she could have done things so much differently. A father, living in hope, but never getting the chance to see life unfold. We see the raw pain of the children and how the circumstances that has touched their lives have truly defined them. 

But this novel for me was very sporadic. So much imagery. There was nothing left for the imagination. Erin Healy takes the reader on a journey. That's for sure, but it's the writing style that kept me from truly enjoying this novel. You may pick up this selection and totally love it and embrace it and walk away with great lessons. I could never fully get into the story. The characters didn't grab me. With Erin's writing style the novel flows very fast. She loves descriptive words and takes them and weaves a scene before your eyes, but before I was even comfortable where I was I felt I was being whisked off to yet another place. 

This novel was a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you. 

Erin Healy is the bestselling coauthor of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for many bestselling authors. She is a member of ACFW and Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories as Never Let You Go, The Baker’s Wife, Stranger Things, and Motherless. She and her family live in Colorado. Facebook: erinhealybooks Twitter: @erinhealybooks
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