ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alice went to Eastern Mennonite University after graduating from Canadian Academy, an international high school in Kobe, Japan. She majored in social work and has worked across the U.S. in that field. She taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in Japan and at a refugee camp in the Philippines. She also studied Spanish at a language institute in San Jose, Costa Rica.
She has four children--Rachel, Daniel, Benjamin and Elizabeth. Daniel died on 2/2/97 from cancer treatments at the age of four. Since then, Alice founded Daniel's House Publications in her son's memory. This organization reaches out to others who have also lost a child to death. In 2000 and 2003, Alice compiled recipes and memories of children across the world to publish two memorial cookbooks, Slices of Sunlight and Down the Cereal Aisle.
ABOUT THE BOOK
One day the phone rings. On the other end is his brother Moriah calling from Florida. Of course Gideon welcomes his brother to stay with him and offers him a job. But Moriah is caught in a web which ends in his death and forces Gideon to return to the town of his youth, with his brother's body in the back of a hearse and Mari and Kiki at his side. He must face not only the community he ran away from years ago but also his own web of bitterness. Will he be able to give his anger over to God and forgive his father?
If you would like to read the first chapter excerpt of Still Life in Shadows, go HERE.
MY THOUGHTSThis was an interesting book, kind of like reading the opposite side of an Amish life, if that makes sense! Gideon Miller has escaped, the beginning of the book doesn't tell you a whole lot about what he escaped, there are hints, clues, but you just know it wasn't good. His brother, Moriah escaped as well, but he's very happy go lucky, especially when compared to Gideon, but there is a darkness that is lingering just beneath the surface. Thank goodness for Mari and Kiki, who have captured everyone's hearts and bring a ray of sunshine to the pages of the book, Kik's exuberance makes you smile and Mari has a heart of gold.
A very good read.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA