Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Feathered Bone

GIVEAWAY

CANTRELL, JULIE
THE FEATHERED BONE

“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They're soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.” In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks in depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.

Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.

Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.

My Review:

This is a sobering read, but a necessary one, I think. Hard-hitting. Intensely raw. Difficult to absorb. At times I needed a break but I couldn't take my eyes off the page. I read The Feathered Bone cover to cover into the wee hours of the morning. Now my heart feels bruised but I am filled with a sense of peace as well. That's because Cantrell's powerful storytelling illustrates the beauty faith brings even during the darkest times. There is a lyrical quality to her voice that weaves light through the dark until hope emerges triumphant at the end.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Feathered Bone please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 6 2016 . Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

20 comments:

  1. Sounds intense but i find that these types of books are a good breakup for those who enjoy reading. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. It's definitely not a romantic comedy. LOL Intense, but told with such hope it really makes you examine your own life. Good luck, Kim.

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  2. I have read this one, Kav, and you're right -- it's a sobering read that tackles tough topics. But I love the way Julie weaves a message of love and hope throughout. I already have my own copy but would love to win one to donate to our church library or to give as a gift or use as a "loaner." Thanks for featuring this book!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com.

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    1. Yes, it really stands out on its own. At first I thought it was going to be a suspense novel, but it's really more about relationships and self-worth and how God fits into a life even in the midst of tragedy. Julie handled it so well -- and that thread of hope is such a testimony! Good luck, Cheryl.

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  3. I have this on my Kindle and look forward to reading it....have enjoyed her previous books! Enjoyed your review, Kav!

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    1. Thanks, Jackie. This is the first book I have read by Julie Cantrell. Just put another one on hold at my library. :-)

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  4. Wow - sounds like a powerful story!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It really is, rubynreba. Good luck.

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  5. I'm still not real sure about this book, especially if it hard hits tough areas in life. To read that is sometimes TOO intense for me....but if there's an underlying faith element or lessons to learn, than it might be worth a read for me :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It is hard hitting but not graphic in any way. And there is this quite beautiful thread of hope that sustains all the way through. Definitely a significant faith element. Good luck, Trixi.

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  6. This sounds like a truly gripping book, would love to read.
    joanndownieATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Gripping is a good descriptor. Good luck, Joann.

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  7. thanks for the opportunity to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck.

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  8. 'Cantrell's powerful storytelling illustrates the beauty faith brings even during the darkest times.'
    We are all going to face dark days, but having faith in God certainly helps... Sounds like a powerful book.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Sometimes I think that it's that faith in God that's the only thing that will get you through those dark days. Julie Cantrell really speaks to that. Good luck, Patty.

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  9. I've heard so many great things about this book. I love your review and it really makes me want to read that book. Thanks for featuring it!
    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. Good luck, Carole, I'm about to do the draw.

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