Is a day going to come when you can learn more from reading blogs than going to college? Therese Fowler’s blog has been around for awhile, and she spills out everything she learned while getting her MFA in writing.
And now her book, Souvenir, is debuting in the United States! I like women’s fiction that can make me cry, make me think, and leaves me with a warm-fuzzy feeling about my heart. Souvenir does all three.
Meg Powell and Carson McKay were
raised side by side on their families’
farms, bonded by a love that only
deepened as they grew. Everyone in
their small rural community in northern
Florida thought that Meg and Carson
would always be together. But at
twenty-one, Meg was presented with a
marriage proposal she could not refuse,
forever changing the course of her life.
Seventeen years later, Meg’s marriage
has become routine, and she spends her
time juggling the demands of her
medical practice, the needs of her
widowed father, and the whims of
her rebellious teenage daughter,
Savannah, who is confronting her
burgeoning sexuality in a dangerous
manner and pushing her mother away
just when she needs her most. Then,
after a long absence, Carson returns
home to prepare for his wedding to a
younger woman. As Carson struggles
to determine where his heart and future
lie, Meg makes a shocking discovery
that will upset the balance of everyone
So that’s the formal blurb, but what I love about this book is how inspiring it is. What it’s really about is a woman who is inspired by a tragic illness to stop living life for other people, but to start living life on her own terms, and the effect that has on the people who count on her.
Have you ever found yourself putting your foot down and starting to live your life, or at least part of it, on your terms?