Following a family as they transition from the "Old World" culture to their newly adopted Country, Beyond the Shadow of the Brownstone pulses with life and death, sorrow and joy. We hold on for dear life traversing through the wild turbulence of trials, tragedies and triumphs. Knowing that Children are the spiritual and corporal legacy, the family is fractured when abortion becomes a very real issue. The psychological impact presents thought provoking ideas that challenge the reader.
The reader emerges through the storm weathered and worn, but with the realization that life is precious, fleeting and fragile. The knowledge that a life full of joy, hope and peace is possible, only after forgiveness. VM Lawrence reminds us that those living in depths of despair, or struggling with family problems, can find solace by offering them the wisdom that a broken, bitter and battered heart can be transformed into a heart filled with unconditional acceptance and unending love.
A beautiful, well written book. It did take me a bit of time to really get into the book, but once I did, I just couldn't stop. Grace and George have a jest for life, but Grace has a lot of guilt and as she finds way to work through her guilt you she takes you along her journey and you meet quite a few troubled souls.
The Brownstone does indeed have shadows, but then, I think that every home has a few, it's whether or not you're strong enough to pass through the shadows that makes the difference.
A very good read that greatly touches on the issue of abortion, sometimes painful to read, but will definitely tug at your heart.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Buoyancy PR