Oct 13, 2009

Book Review: Things Worth Remembering by Jackina Stark

"I finish emptying the dishwasher and snap the door into place, contemplating only one glorious thought: The third Monday of July has finally arrived. For months now, that date has been circled on the colorful rooster calendar hanging in the laundry room. I've anticipated it almost as much as I've anticipated next Saturday, the day our only child is to be married." Things Worth Remembering, page 9.

Kennedy "Kendy" Laswell has been looking forward to her daughter's wedding since Maisey was five. Now, with only a week till the big day, Kendy has great plans for her last few days with her daughter. The past, however, has caught up with the present and Kendy find herself faced with her own terrible secret. Can Maisey find it in her to forgive the mother that she once adored?

Forgiveness is something that we all long for, but is often hard to give. Jackina paints a realistic picture of how a family secret can sit, unspoken and not dealt with, rotting away the foundations of trust within a family. Both Kendy and Maisey have to deal with the ghosts of the past, and with the wedding getting closer, it is easy to find other things to occupy the time.

Jakina’s style is very interesting. The story takes place over a week, written in the first person present. A large portion of the story is told through flashbacks as both mother and daughter think about what has brought them to this place. I love the theme of forgiveness that is written into the narrative. I would recommend this book.

(I received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing.)

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