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Zoe Rutherford wasn’t sure what she was expecting when she returned to Sullivan’s Island. The house on Sullivan’s hadn’t represented home to her in decades. It was the place where she endured her father’s cruelty. It was the place where her mother closed herself off from the world. It was the place where her sister disappeared. But now that her parents are gone, Zoe needs to return to the house, to close it down and prepare it for sale. She intends to get this done as quickly as possible and get on with her life, even though that life seems clouded by her past, both distant and recent. But what she discovers when she gets there is far beyond her imagining and will change her in profound ways.
THE GIRL WHO STAYED is a remarkable exploration of the soul by a writer with a rare talent for reaching into the hearts of her characters and her readers, a novel of transformation that will leave you moved and breathless.
My Goodreads Review
Zoe’s story of loss, abuse, and struggle is heart wrenching. I feel everyone can find something to relate to with her struggle. The metaphor of fixing up a house parallel to fixing one’s life has been done before, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it. I also enjoyed reading about the landscape of the beaches of Charleston as well as the underground voodoo culture.
I felt the end was a little abrupt and rushed. There was this huge build up and then, within a short chapter, the story gets wrapped up and then promptly ends. It was a little bit of a let down really. However, I still say read this book! It’s very well written with lots of deep tidbits to get you thinking about your life and life in general. I love when books make you evaluate the deeper aspects of life and living.
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I’m in the mood for a rich historical fiction read. Anyone have any recommendations?