Saturday, January 21, 2012

Amaryllis in Blueberry

One of our patrons recommended I read Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum.  She said it is similar to some other titles that  I recommended for her and she loved it.   I read it and found I love it, too!

Amaryllis in Blueberry is a historical fiction novel. It explores the complexity of human relationships and is set against an amazing and unforgettable backdrop. The setting of this story is exquisite whether it be the dusty red roads of Africa or the picturesque visage of Danish Landing, Michigan. The author paints beautiful images with her words that will transport you around the world.

The story is told through the voices of Dick and Seena Slepy and their four daughters. It is a story of secrets long buried and the family's struggle to overcome them. The author’s descriptive language gathers you and propels you down a path that entrances you with spellbinding geography, morality, truth and leads you to answers to life’s big questions.   It is a soulful and compelling story.  Meldrum's descriptive writing paints a clear picture and keeps you turning pages until the very end.  This is an exquisite example of literary fiction. It is similar in style to the The The Poisonwood Bible, The Secret Life of Bees and Rooms.  So I recommend you read Amaryllis in Blueberry and see for yourself how wonderful it is.

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