Monday, October 3, 2011

Book Review: Space

So here's the thing. When I first see the word space in a title, I tend to skip over it because I don't really enjoy science fiction type books all that much. I know people always say you can't judge a book by it's cover (or title) in every situation, and this is one of them. There are many different types of space and this one has nothing to do with my initial thought of outer space at all. This space is about personal and private space of individuals and couples.

We have all faced difficult and trying times in our lives, and had to make adjustments to get through particular situations or events. Personal and private space is always an issue and the boundaries can be difficult to set and enforce, especially when family and/or close friends are involved. I thoroughly enjoyed the way that Ms Harvey handled this issue in this book, which deals with some topics that many families can relate to.. I urge you to consider this book for yourself, or someone you know who may be facing these issues. This would be such a touching and meaningful gift for a person dealing with these issues.

Product Description

Emily Sue Harvey's work touches readers in profound ways. Coffee Time Romance called Song of Renewal, "a must-read book for anyone doing a little soul searching." Of FlavorsBlack Diamond's Book Reviews said, “I loved everything about this book! This is just an all around excellent book that is sure to bring memories back from times when life was a lot more simple.” And, in speaking of HomefiresThe Book Tree said, "Emily Sue Harvey has now become a new favorite author for me after reading this book."

Now, in Space, Emily Sue delivers us a deeply moving story of a family on the brink. Dan and Deede Stowe have worked for years, planning and saving for their idyllic retirement years. Just when they finally are about to realize their dream, their adult, recovering drug-addict daughter, Faith, moves back in with them and everything changes. Their “miracle child”, complete with druggie baggage, upsets the tranquil balance of the Stowe’s existence. Private romantic moments evaporate. Faith’s endless needs intrude hour by hour, devouring both their finances, their emotions, and most crucially, their space. In turn, Faith finds herself bereft of everything she cherished most, her health, her marriage, her child, her family, her reputation and, most of all, a space to call her own.

Amid chaotic challenges, all three battle to find peace with each other, a harmony that doggedly eludes them. For the sake of family solidarity, each is forced to sacrifice elemental components of self, until desperation turns them one against the other. Will love be enough to turn the tide? Is it strong enough to warm again hearts grown cold?

Space is a vivid, candid, and life-affirming story from a masterful storyteller of the heart.

About the Author

Emily Sue Harvey is a past president of the Southeastern Writers Association. She has contributed to several volumes in the bestselling "Chicken Soup" and "Chocolate for Women" series and has published articles in multiple venues. She is the author of the novels Song of Renewal and Homefires and the novella Flavors and the upcoming novel Unto These Hills. She is the mother of grown children and lives with her husband in South Carolina.

***Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my review. No positive review was requested or required, and no monetary compensation was exchanged. All opinions expressed are solely mine and were not influenced in any manner.***

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