AMARYLLIS IN BLUEBERRY

CHRISTINA MELDRUM

  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • ISBN-13: 9781439156896
  • ISBN: 1439156891

From the Publisher

In the stirring tradition of The Secret Life of Bees and The Poisonwood Bible, Amaryllis in Blueberry explores the complexity of human relationships set against an unforgettable backdrop. Told through the haunting voices of Dick and Seena Slepy and their four daughters, Christina Meldrum’s soulful novel weaves together the past and the present of a family harmed—and healed—by buried secrets.“Maybe, unlike hope, truth couldn’t be contained in a jar. . . .”Meet the Slepys: Dick, the stern doctor, the naÏve husband, a man devoted to both facts and faith; Seena, the storyteller, the restless wife, a mother of four, a lover of myth. And their children, the Marys: Mary Grace, the devastating beauty; Mary Tessa, the insistent inquisitor; Mary Catherine, the saintly, lost soul; and finally, Amaryllis, Seena’s unspoken favorite, born with the mystifying ability to sense the future, touch the past, and distinguish the truth tellers from the most convincing liar of all.When Dick insists his family move from Michigan to the unfamiliar world of Africa for missionary work, he can’t possibly foresee how this new land and its people will entrance and change his daughters—and himself—forever.Nor can he predict how Africa will spur his wife Seena toward an old but unforgotten obsession. In fact, Seena may be falling into a trance of her own. . . .

SOURCE: THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEW FROM GALLERY BOOKS AND DOES NOT EFFECT THIS REVIEW!!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

AMARYLLIS IN BLUEBERRY by Christina Meldrum is a contemporary historical fiction set in 1970’s Michigan and Africa.It is written in a series of flashbacks from the past to the present. It intertwines past history/story with present. It has adultery,forgiveness,redemption,love,family saga,murder,meditation of faith,loyalty,love,
acceptance,Africa,missionaries,fate,buried secrets,sacrifice,slavery,culture difference,exploration of faith,synesthete(visions of artificial light around someone or something)and truth. This is the story of a husband’s(Dick) obsession of his wife,Seena,a wife(Seena) who has committed adultery years before,is accused of her husband’s murder and four daughters with four secrets.The youngest daughter,Amaryllis,is the child in question,she was born in an Blueberry patch.This is a compelling story of love and a family being forced from their home in Michigan to take up roots as a missionary in Africa,their trials,tributations and culture shock.If you enjoy a complex story with many facets this is a story for you. This book was received for the purpose of review from Gallery Books and details can be found .0at Gallery Books,a division of Simon & Schuster,Inc.
 
RATING: 4
REVIEWED BY: April Renn



 



 



 



 



 

 





 

 

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