Friday, October 12, 2012
Trouble the Water by Nicole Seitz
I bought this book because I read an e-book of Nicole Seitz many moons ago and liked it. Trouble The Water is different from Inheritance of Beauty (the e-book) that I read. However, it is written in pretty similar whimsical tone that's rather soothing and relaxes you when you read it.
The story is about two sisters, Honor and Alice. Most of the story is written in a letter Honor wrote to Alice, six months prior to Alice finding Honor dying in the hospital. From there you will discover the love they have for each other, the secrets they kept from one another and above all the hope they have for each others' life.
Honor is one troubled girl and is dying and she has a deep secret that she wanted to share with her sister. She seemed to feel that that incident many, many years ago shaped them into who they are now. Alice love Honor and for once she stood up to the bullying by her husband who wasn't happy that she choose to be at her sister's bedside. Both sisters drew strength from each other and Alice got to know Honor more through the letters Honor wrote to her than anything else.
I was also intrigued by Duchess or Ann (her real name), the lady whose home Honor was brought to the night she tried to kill herself. She has more significance to the story of both sisters but they were not aware of it. Readers were not made aware of it too and I just loved the way the author just casually revealed that fact towards the end of the book that made me wanted to go back to the beginning of the book to spot if any clues were give!
And who is Nurse Sadie, the nurse who helped Honor wrote the letters when Honor was too weak to do so. Alice spoke to her, heard her sang and ministered to Honor but then no one knew who she was later. An angel from God?
According to the author, her Aunt Bonnie who died of cancer didn't tell family members about her illness until shortly before her death. While this is a work of fiction, the author wanted to examine reasons why a person might choose to keep such a devastating secret.