Monday, December 28, 2009

Saving Cicadas - Review

Author: Nicole Seitz
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Amazon Price: $10.19


A novel of unconditional love and the freedom of letting go.

When single mother Priscilla Lynn Macy learns she's having another child unexpectedly, she packs the family into the car to escape. Eight-year-old Janie and Rainey Dae, her seventeen-year-old sister with special needs, embark on the last family vacation they'll ever take with Poppy and Grandma Mona in the back seat. The trip seems aimless until Janie realizes they are searching for the father who left them years ago. When they can't find him, they make their way to Forest Pines, SC. Priscilla hasn't been to her family home in many years and finds it a mixed blessing of hope, buried secrets, and family ghosts. Through eyes of innocence, Janie learns the hard realities of life and the difficult choices grownups make. And she must face disturbing truths about the people she loves in order to carry them in the moments that matter most.

This novel sucked me in from the beginning. Beautifully written, the plot is carefully unfolded, leaving you eager for the next page. The author paints a vivid picture of each of her characters, each flawed but striving to do their best. The characters are very believable, especially Janie and her grandmother. Saving Cicadas covers the life - struggles and triumphs - of single mother Priscilla. The author provides plenty of history for her characters, but it is woven into the story so there is no drag to the story line. The ending left me puzzled, and a bit angry that the characters I'd grown attached to were given that ending.

Overall this book is a great read, I really enjoyed it.