Michelle Crystal’s debut novel is one I would recommend. You will find yourself laughing and crying as you turn page after page. It is a story of one woman’s journey from tragedy to recovery through her connection with the past. It is wonderfully written, painted with beautiful metaphors, and an easy read. Now all I need are recipes! 🙂
We’re Murdocks. We can do hard things.
Rachel Tate enjoys an idyllic life and attentive, handsome husband. Three healthy, beautiful sons, and a comfortable lifestyle, but when disaster strikes, she stands to lose it all. Rachel, a former lawyer turned stay-at-home-mom, struggles to make sense of her new life, find a path to happiness, and gain peace of mind.
Attempting to heal her familys deep emotional wounds proves more difficult than Rachel ever anticipated. Surprising repercussions follow their insurmountable tragedy, leaving Rachel drowning in grief, self-pity, and doubt.
As a favor to her mother, Rachel assists in cleaning out her ailing grandmothers home. There, she stumbles upon journals from the late 1800s, authored by her great-great-grandmother, Anna Murdock Pierce. The two women exist centuries apart, but seem to live nearly parallel lives. As Rachel grows in the knowledge of her ancestor, she begins to accept herself. But will learning about the past bring insight to Rachels presentor will the daunting trials she faces get the best of her?
Past, present, and future collide on Rachel’s journey to understanding.
Full Disclosure: I read this book as it was being written. I am friends with the author and part of a writing group with her. My copy of the book was purchased (both paperback and Kindle versions).