Posted by: alwaysrkp | December 23, 2009

Review: Saving Cicadas by Nicole Seitz

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-59554-503-9
Paperback: 314 pages

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing a free copy to review.

Priscilla Macy is a single mother to a seventeen-year-old special needs daughter, Rainey and a eight year old daughter, Janie.  Priscilla discovers she is pregnant yet again.  They set out on a road trip with Grandma Mona and Poppy to find the father who left them.

The trip brings them to Priscilla’s childhood home in South Carolina.  Here, Priscilla must face the ghosts of her past and make a life altering decision: what to do with her unborn baby.

Each member of the family plays an important role in the life of the unwed mother, but it is Janie who has the most influence.  She must face shocking truths that even adults do not want to discuss.  Only she can help Priscilla reconcile the past and preserve the future of the Macy family.

At first I was disappointed because Janie is overly wise for her years.  At the same time, she is rightly childish at times.  Her character seemed unbalanced and unrealistic.

As the story unraveled, my interest was piqued more with each family secret revealed. The plot went a total different direction that what I suspected.  There was nothing predictable about it which means it was not boring.

The author intertwines family secrets, fantasy and practical daily events throughout the book. She very carefully spun a story that was not easily unraveled by predictability or standards. She tackled tough issues including family dysfunction, unwed mothers, abortion and adoption. She also presents love, forgiveness and reconciliation. You have to hang on to the very end to be completely satisfied.

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