Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Book Review: Of Stillness and Storm

I was excited to get an advanced copy of Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix.  The back page summary sounded so good, I couldn’t wait to get it.  And this book did not disappoint.
It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dreams – reaching the primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal.  But while Sam trek into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy.  Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring.  For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family undoing.
At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again.  But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tensions of coping with the present while reengaging with the past.   It’s thirteen-year-old Ryan who mostly keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.
I really enjoyed this book.  The story starts quickly and does a good job with setting up the characters and their situation in the first few chapters instead of dragging on over most of the book (that drives me crazy!!!).  The story is very believable of what would happen to a family in that type of situation of isolation and insecurity. 

This is a book I am happy to have in my library and will keep and reread for years.

Note: I was given a copy of this book to read and review.  The opinions above are my own and I was not compensated for a positive review.

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