Friday, December 30, 2016

REVIEW: Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix

About the Book

“I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing.” 

It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family’s undoing. 

At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again. But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past. It’s thirteen-year-old Ryan who most keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.

Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry. 

My Review

3.5 stars

Of Stillness and Storm tells the story, the dark side, of missionary life. A mother who's struggling between two worlds, a teenaged boy who doesn't want any part of missionary life and who is quickly spiraling into depression, and the return of a man named Aiden. This wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't a fantastic book either. I found myself enthralled in certain chapters and then found myself skimming pages. Of Stillness and Storm is a strong 3.5 star novel.

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