~About the Book~
Author: Sydney Avey
Publisher: HopeSprings Books
Pages: 220 pp.
A Korean War widow’s difficult mother dies before revealing the identity of her daughter’s father and his cultural heritage. As Dee sorts through what little her mother left, she unearths puzzling clues that raise more questions: Why did Leora send money every month to the Basque Relief Agency? Why is her own daughter so secretive about her soon-to-be published book? And what does an Anglican priest know that he isn’t telling? All this head-spinning breaks a long, dry period in Dee’s life. She might just as well lose her job and see where the counsel of her new spiritual advisor and the attentions of an enigmatic ex-coworker lead her.
Sydney Avey’s debut novel, The Sheep Walker’s Daughter, was a wonderful find. I adored this story of a post WWII family trying to uncover family secrets in an attempt to find their own identity each without letting the other know. This book takes you on a journey with a family that has been drawn apart over the years when a mother and father decide to go separate ways searching for the great American Dream during the California gold rush. Untimely their decisions have set into motions generations of unsettled souls, lost looking to fill the hole of isolation left inside of them by family secrets. Right when you think you have the story figured out and you know the outcome, the author takes you for a spin and lands you someplace unexpected.
Great character development that comes out gradually though the story to keep you hooked into the lives of Dolores and Leora.Sydney does a delightful job weaving together themes of hope, resurrection of dreams, rekindled love and forgiveness. This is an easy book to recommend.
Author Website: Syndey Avey
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~About the Author~
Sydney Avey lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite, California, and the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a lifetime of experience writing news for non-profits and corporations. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, Foliate Oak, Forge, American Athenaeum, and Unstrung (published by Blue Guitar Magazine). She has studied at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
Sydney blogs at sydneyavey.com on topics related to relationships, legacy, faith, and the writing life. Her novel, The Sheep Walker’s Daughter, will be released from Hope Springs Books, Chalfont House in December 2013.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hope Springs Books in exchange for my honest review through Book Crash.