What a privilege it was to read Awakening Avery by Laurie Lewis. It's the story of a newly widowed woman who needs to learn to find herself again. In the process, she might just learn a thing or two about herself, as well as all the people who become part of her life during that time of re-awakening.
Avery has been fading for years. The death of her husband wasn't exactly unexpected; she'd watched him deteriorate over several years. Still, she has a hard time wrapping her mind around his loss. Her trials have cost more of herself then she realizes until it's pointed out to her. She begins the brave journey of healing- in her own way and her own time.
Laurie Lewis has taken great care with the description in this book. The place settings and the feelings associated with them are vivid and compelling. The characters are complete and like-able as well. George and Teddie are definitely my kind of people. :) In fact, George was partly inspired by Laurie's own father. I'm going to have to try adding kool-aid to my pancakes when my children least expect it.
Awakening Averydoes tend toward a more literary slant than most popular fiction. But literary does not mean boring or haughty, it only means that you are drawn in for love of the characters and the feelings it awakens in you, rather than an overwhelming urge to see what happens next. It's a beautifully written story full of rich language.
Awakening Averywould be a good choice for a few lazy summer days. It carries some beautiful messages of love, forgiveness and family that are great for pondering over a few hot, slow days. I highly recommend spending some time with Avery. Well done, Laurie!
My sidebar has details about the contest Laurie is running during this blog tour- love the necklace! Be sure to follow along and get your entries in. :)
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a Key Lime pie to make. Trust me. It’s all Avery’s fault.