Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Book Review: Resurrection in May

Have I mentioned how much I love fiction? Well, I do, but sometimes I hesitate to try new authors. I had never read anything by Lisa Samson before, but the fabulous BookSneeze program seemed like a good place to give her a try.

I literally just finished Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson this morning. There is so much I could say about it, but I don't really want to give anything away. So I'll start off by saying that you should read this book. Seriously.

The story is centered around May Seymour, a vibrant, youthful college graduate. It's 1993, and before diving into the real world she decides to spend some time in Rwanda, helping out at a Catholic mission. She thought it would help her look beyond herself, and she was looking forward to everything the natives would teach her. Then, in 1994, terrible civil war broke out and May decided to stay, to her great peril. When she finally returns home after that terrible tragedy, she ends up on the farm of old bachelor Claudius Borne to try and heal from such a traumatic time. However, the healing doesn't come quickly. A decade passes before May finally is able to imagine life again. Although deciding what that life will be is anything but easy.

I loved that I couldn't really guess what was going to happen in this book, especially in the area of the relationships between characters. It was so refreshing to read about the dynamics between them all. I found some of the story disturbing in a good way, especially the part about May in Rwanda. Ms. Samson doesn't dwell on the tragedy simply for shock value, but her descriptions were clear enough to link your heart to May's. I also really enjoyed that much of the story was centered around farm life. It's a life I find so fun to imagine myself in.

I'm really looking forward to reading more by Lisa Samson. If you've never read anything by her, Resurrection in May is a good place to start.
Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger program called BookSneeze.

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