Read September 2008
Serendipity. I found this book while browsing through the fiction shelves at the library. I was looking for something to read. I think I must have been looking at the Maeve Binchy books. Nothing appealed to me, so I was just scanning the shelves. The title jumped out at me.
The book jacket must have said something like this:
One quiet spring day, Gracie Hollaman hears voices in her head that tell her to get in her car and leave her entire life behind -- her home, her husband, her daughter, her very identity. Gracie's subsequent journey releases her genius for painting and effects profound changes in the lives of everyone around her. Ultimately, her quest leads her into the home of Mama Toot and Mattie, two strong, accomplished women going through life changes of their own. As the bonds between these women grow stronger, and the family Gracie left behind come to terms with their own loss, both worlds slowly and inevitably collide, revealing a long-buried secret that they share.
The cover was also appealing.
It all added up to a book that I enjoyed a lot. Mama Toot and Mattie's story as well as the story of Gracie's husband really caught me up. Of course, there was a religious undercurrent, but it was not overtly religious.
The product description from Amazon (above) makes it sound like the book is largely about Gracie. She is the catalyst for all of the events within, but this is really about the other characters.
So very good. Excellent.