Sunday, July 22, 2018

THE SOLACE OF WATER by Elizabeth Byler Younts, Reviewed by Kim

Have you ever read a book where you just want to jump into the pages and give someone a hug? This is how I felt the entire time I was reading The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts.

This story is told from three points of view - Delilah, her daughter Sparrow, and their neighbor Emma. All three stories, for differing reasons, made my heart ache. I was so invested in these characters, and their families, I could hardly put the book down.

Delilah - I either wanted to cry for her or give her a piece of my mind. Some of the things she said and did made me so mad. But, I also understood that she was lashing out because she did not know how to deal with her pain. 

Sparrow- her story really touched me. I cannot even imagine how she felt after what she went through or how she was supposed to deal with those feelings at her tender age.  She was so well written and so believable. 

Emma- I just wanted to take her back to the past and talk her out of some of the life altering decisions she made. Her reasoning was understandable, but she really changed her life, and that of her family, with those decisions. 

While this book had a lot of heartache, the ending left you with a feeling of hope. I was sad to see this story end.  My only complaint was that I really wanted an epilogue! 

5 stars! 

In a time of grief and heartache, an unlikely friendship provides strength and solace.

After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah Evans has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start. Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing Delilah imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet—yet the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways.

Delilah’s eldest daughter, Sparrow, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain, never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death. When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own—secrets that could devastate them all.

With the white, black, and Amish communities of Sinking Creek at their most divided, there seems to be little hope for reconciliation. But long-buried hurts have their way of surfacing, and Delilah and Emma find themselves facing their own self-deceptions. Together they must learn how to face the future through the healing power of forgiveness.

Eminently relevant to the beauty and struggle in America today, The Solace of Water offers a glimpse into the turbulent 1950s and reminds us that friendship rises above religion, race, and custom—and has the power to transform a broken heart.

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