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When Ren was only twelve years old, she lost her older brother, Scott, to a car crash. Since then, Scott has been a presence in her life, appearing as a snatch of song or a reflection in the moonlight. Now, twenty-five years later, her talent for connecting with the ghosts around her has made her especially sensitive as an archaeologist. More than just understanding the bare outline of how our ancestors lived, Ren is dedicated to re-creating lives and stories, to breathing life into those who occupied this world ...
When Ren was only twelve years old, she lost her older brother, Scott, to a car crash. Since then, Scott has been a presence in her life, appearing as a snatch of song or a reflection in the moonlight. Now, twenty-five years later, her talent for connecting with the ghosts around her has made her especially sensitive as an archaeologist. More than just understanding the bare outline of how our ancestors lived, Ren is dedicated to re-creating lives and stories, to breathing life into those who occupied this world long before us. Now she is on the cusp of the most important discovery of her career, and it is ghosts who are guiding her way. But what do two long-dead Mimbres women have to tell Ren about herself? And what message do they have about her developing relationship with a fellow archaeologist, the first man to really know her since her brother's death? Come In and Cover Me is the moving story of a woman learning to let go of the past in order to move forward with her own future.
Written with the same warmth and depth of feeling that drew readers to The Well and the Mine, Phillips's debut, Come In and Cover Me is a haunting and engrossing new novel.
Posted January 16, 2012
"...When I read the synopsis of this book on the LTER list, I knew I had to request it, because Come In and Cover Me combines two of my great loves - archaeology and ghosts. You can imagine how thrilled I was to see that I had won a copy for review! Sometimes when you are very excited about something, it ends up not quite meeting your expectations, but Phillips did not disappoint me at all...
...Beyond all this, I think that Phillips writes beautifully - she has a way of pulling you into the story and keeping you there, and after reading this one, I'm hoping to find a copy of her first novel, The Well and the Mine. That one has gotten good press, and Come In and Cover Me is a superb sophomore novel."
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Posted March 8, 2013
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What an interesting book? This one was definitely different from my typical read - a few ghosts show up and chat with the main character and most of the story takes place on an archaeological dig, something I am definitely not familiar with. So Ren is a young woman who dealt with tragedy, the death of a family member at a young age and never really dealt with it and it has affected her personal and professional life through the years. As she is on a dig looking for this pottery artist from the past, the past sneaks up on her and she must eventually confront some issues and figure out how to live a full life.
Posted December 30, 2012
"I have to believe the pieces can fit together...We owe them that, to tell the truth about them," said archaeologist Ren Taylor. She and Silas Cooper have met at Crow Creek, an archaeological dig outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico because he's found another piece of an Indian ceramic bowl that he knows she'll want to see. She is an expert on these artifacts and believes they were all made by one particular Indian girl. It takes time for the reader to understand how Ren knows this is so. It all has to do with the death of her brother, Scott, when she was just twelve years old.
Ren has a unique gift or curse, depending on your point of view. She senses the spirits of ghosts, including her brother and gradually as the story unfolds that of two Indian women, one younger and the other older. As these visions are increasing, Ren and Silas are falling in love. At first it seems so perfect. But Silas's inability to believe in Ren's gift and her ability to listen and hear the story of these very talented but haunting women, Lynay and Non, unnerves him, slightly souring their relationship. Sparks of love and arguments begin to fly as each displays weakness to the other.
The dig provides more and more clues to the lives of a "lost" people, their lives paralleling the losses in Ren's life. There are many ways of dying and this tale is about ability to live perpetually in denial or to embrace the loss and move beyond it to creativity and beauty. Yes, it even means being able to mourn in order to free the Spirit to fully live. One has to be vibrantly alive to tell the story of the "lost" ones, and that telling makes even the objects left behind in the passing even more enchanting and gorgeous! Then true love blossoms!
Come In and Cover Me is a unique story of love, death, loss and recovery; indeed it is a story of resurrection evolving out of the healing of love, memories, dreams, visions, and open and honest dialogue. The story is well-crafted, thoughtful, imaginative, and unforgettable in its gracious unfolding! Poignant, simply lovely contemporary fiction!
Posted March 25, 2012
Come In and Cover Me was my book club's selection for the month. After reading the different reviews and comments, I could not wait to read it, however, after reading, I did not find this book very interesting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2013
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