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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    This was a good book. Each chapter is from a different characte

    This was a good book. Each chapter is from a different character's point of view. I really didn't see the ending coming so it was a surprise. Could have done without the whole crime story about Elvis, not sure how that tied into the story. Maybe I was missing something.

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    Yes! Read it!

    Wow! Now that I know the ending, I want to read it again. This story and the characters won't leave you when you read the last page....they will stay with you.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

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    Talk About A Twist - Actually, There Are Several

    Dogwood, West Virginia hates their prodigal son, Will Hatfield. Returning to his hometown after being locked up in prison for causing a tragic accident, none of the town's residents want him there, and no one is shy about exposing their feelings. But Will has only come back to Dogwood for one thing: Karin Ashworth. He's promised himself that when he gets out of Clarkston Penitentiary he will make a life with her. He daydreams constantly of their home, their children, making love, and growing old with her. When Will is released from prison many discourage him from this dream, but he is never swayed, truly and heart-wrenchingly loyal to Karin.

    But Karin is married, she has three kids, and a stable life. However, she can't explain why she's always locking herself up in her closet with her Bible flipped to the Psalms. Her husband, a pastor at the local church, is distant, and after a trip to visit Will in prison with Ruthie Bowles, a feisty, elderly woman with grit and a swell of love, Karin worries about her mind straying down other avenues than just her love for her husband. Her feeling's for Will teeter, she becomes emotionally fidgety, and begins to question her loyalty to her marriage.

    Things aren't always what they seem, and what you think you know, you really don't. Not in this book. Fabry makes you think you're reading a soft story of unrequited love, life hardships, and unreached potential. You are. But what you don't know is that you're really reading something that is so much more than what is revealed on the surface. Think of this book as a lake or pond or ocean; with each flip of the page, you're swimming deeper into the waters of Fabry's inventive world, stroking through secrets, pushing through muck, until you finally reach the depth of the story, the book's flooring and foundation. You know nothing until you're walking the grounds of this body of water. The deeper you get, the more you discover.

    When told from Will's perspective, this story is passionate, intense, heart-pounding, breathtaking, yearning, gratifying. All of these emotions well up when he dreams of Karin. His narrative made me long for a man to think, dream, and speak of me in the ways Will spoke of his love. I even made a note in the book that he seemed to narrate the most heartbreaking scenes; even more heartbreaking once you get to the end of this book and think back on his narratives from the beginning. I was incredibly taken aback by the end of this novel. It's like finding out your best friend is a completely different person than what they've made themselves out to be. Fabry definitely keeps you guessing until the very last word. But don't worry - all of this heartache and deception turns out for good. You will be rewarded, and find yourself truly grateful to have read this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    Unique Storyline Makes For Good Reading...

    I have to be careful in my review not to give too much away... this is a good book with lots of twists and turns that are best enjoyed curled up in bed frantically turning pages toward the end as everything starts to come out and be explained in a frenzy... Dogwood has 3 parts to it. The first part was a little confusing for me - each chapter throughout the book is written from the viewpoint of one of four people. It took me awhile to grasp that and get them all straightened out in my mind. The other confusing thing was that the tragedy that is the center of everything is kept secret for pretty much the whole first part and I couldn't figure out why it was such a secret. Also the town of Dogwood shows itself to have no forgiveness for an accident and I wasn't sure out where the maliciousness came from, I mean being upset is one thing but sheer hatred is another. Those minor things aside - this was a great book! I figured a few of the twists and turns out before the end, but Chris managed to blow my mind with the last chapter. Overall I was very impressed with this book - I loved the mentorship between Ruthie and Karin - we all need someone in our lives like Ruthie but so few of us have that. And all I can say about one of my other favorite parts is that Chris does a great job of showing the love of the Saviour in this book - you'll have to read it to fully understand what I mean.

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