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I am a bereaved mother and wife. I began this blog to help me look for the "good things" in life after my daughter, "Babybear", died in July 2005. Three years later, her daddy, my husband, "Bear", died in November 2008. (You'll find a link to their stories on my blog) And now, as difficult as it is, I continue to look for the good things in my life as I learn my new normal with my pup, "Furrybear", at my side. And the angels on my shoulder...

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Beyond This Point - Holley Rubinsky

Inside cover:

Over the course of one hot summer in the Judith Lake Valley, in the rugged interior of British Columbia, five women find their lives turned upside down by events they could not foresee, or refused to see coming. The long-time lover of a charismatic healer discovers that, this time, an affair will have lasting consequences. A woman on the verge of divorce and fearing the worst about her health tries to go home again and learns she has to go further. A girl who has depended on the sale of her body to get by returns to the valley sick and exhausted, bringing the child no one wants to remember. Just as her husband suffers a sudden stroke, a mother finds that her rebellious teenage daughter has done what she feared most. And when a grieving young widow from the East arrives to stay on the property of old friends, her visit brings surprising upheaval.

As these lives become entwined, a vivid portrayal of a community emerges. Behind it all is the wildness of the land, the threat of approaching fire, and a boy's simmering desire for vengeance, which erupts in a harrowing act.


This book was written in such a way that it was sometimes easy to forget that you were reading the same story from one chapter to the next. Each chapter focused on one of the characters and often introduced other characters that had minor roles throughout the book or no recurrence at all. As I started the book, I had a feeling the characters would all end up in the same place and then the story would include all of them. However, it did not come to that point and the format continued to be a character per chapter. This is not to say that the characters never met, but I did not feel the connection as the inside cover indicates there to be. Over all, it was not a bad book. However, I felt myself waiting for that connection, the part where their stories becomes one, and so I can't say I really enjoyed it.


Blake and Lilly's Momma said...

You are so much more persistent a reader than I am! If I get a couple of chapters into a book and it's not interesting enough for me, I quit reading it! LOL!!!

I like that you do these little book reviews... it seems we have the same taste in literature and it helps me to decide what to read :)

Thanks for that!

Shea said...

I'm stalled on my book. I seem to not be able to read at home. I have to take my book with me and read while Grace is at gymnastics or when I have a break at work. Isn't that strange? It's spring break here so hopefully I can get some reading in.