Lost and hopeless in the weeks following her aunt's unexpected death, Dana discovers a letter and takes her advice to walk away from her life in Queens and return to her family farm to write herself well one more time. For over thirty years Dana's believed the farm was sold and did her best to forget it. But what if everything in the house is frozen in time exactly the way they left it? Nothing can stop her from walking through that door.
On the road she adopts a one-eared dog and finds a new best friend in Iowan-turned-New Yorker, Stu, who's given up designing off-Broadway sets to care for his ailing mother back in his tiny hometown.
Chokecherry, her father's beloved farm, is not at all what Dana expects and far more than she bargains for. By firelight, Malcolm reveals the cryptic history buried in the tunnel, and why the big barn strikes fear in the hearts of those who enter it. Despite its tragic past, the farm also possesses an undeniable capacity to heal the broken. In fact, it seems to be a magnet for broken hearts. Just as Dana and her friends form a tight bond and rise to the challenge of helping Chokecherry realize its true potential, a supernatural ability she's failed to repress for years, nearly kills her. Dana's forced to fight for a life she wants--a life that finally answers her eternal question in ways she never could've imagined.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)|
|Age Range:||1 - 17 Years|
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A story that will take you through loss, uncertainty, second chances, hope and the special bond of friendship. After a tragic car accident loosing her parents and siblings the young Dana leaves the cherished family farm to live with her Aunt Imra. In time the trauma sees her treated as an inpatient more than once to get her back to herself and she also uses her own talents to 'write herself well' by continuing her siblings life's through pen and paper. When her elderly aunt dies after falling down the stairs, secrets she has kept from Dana are told and she is encouraged to return to the farm she once knew as home. Her journey see's her build in confidence and fate brings Dana and her soon to be best friend Stu together as well as her new furry loyal friend, one eared Slim (the dog). It's a reminder of how people can just enter into your life unexpectedly for a reason or a need and this is exactly what happens here. Dana comes alive when she is reaquanted with the family farm, although now sadly derelict, the memories still hold it together for her. The reunion with her neighbour Malcolm, who had continued to look after the place, gets off to a tricky start but you see it gradually blossom. Dana gets a second chance of life, freedom from the past memories and the weight of loss and a new reason to live. The three of them strive to create something magical and uplifting with the farm but will the farms tormented secret and their lack of money halt their plans? Sheri has a unique ability to create a magical visual read purely by the talent of her writing as she describes life on the other side or spiritual life from within oneself, for myself personally I would have absolutely loved more of this in the story. It took the first couple of chapters to pull me into the story, having to re-read certain parts as it jumped around a little, but by no means do not let this put you off, it is well worth the read and by the end I was flicking those pages almost as fast as I was reading them. Once read you will find yourself thinking back fondly to the characters and the story. This is a story is full of hope, reinvention and how you can take control in the opportunities of life if you would only let yourself. If your looking for a really nice enjoyable read and enjoy a beautiful drop of spiritual fiction wrote beautifully by the authors hand then this is the book for you.
Being a huge Sheri Meshal fan since the second I picked up Swallowtail (Review HERE) I was so excited to be invited to participate in this tour. I will let you know that Ms. Meshal does not disappoint at all! She has an amazing way of making you feel like you are going through the story yourself step by step, chapter by chapter. Recently I began blogging on a separate page about my weight loss journey and I totally love the idea of "write yourself well" which is something Dana, the main character, is told to do by her deceased aunt in a letter she found after her death. In order to do this she is sent on an adventure to her old family home that she believed had been sold years before. Starting life over and writing herself well at the age of 41 gives Dana the chance to answer so many questions her past has left behind. What happens next is so crazy you will just have to read it yourself! There is love, loss, and even a touch of the supernatural. Seriously this books has it all. This was my favorite pool book so far this summer and I assure you it will be yours too! Have a vacation coming up or planning on going to the pool for a bit??? Go grab it now through the links below and enjoy!!! You won't be sorry!
Chokecherry is unlike any other book I've read. I love all the characters and how easy it is to relate to them. I loved reading Dana's story and her return to Chokecherry, the family farm. I couldn't put this book down. I always had to know what was going to happen to her next. Very good read. I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
When Dana was 10 years old, she lost her parents and siblings in a bus crash. While in an institution, she wrote stories about them as if they had lived a full life. Then years later, when she loses her Aunt Irma she again feels lost. With no more living relatives, she doesn’t feel like she can make it on her own. Then she finds a letter from Irma with instructions to return to Chokecherry, her childhood home that she thought had been sold years ago. Unknown to her, Aunt Irma had published her stories under a pseudonym. After thinking about it, she realized that this is an opportunity to start a new life, and maybe finish writing her stories. On her trip home, she picks up a stray dog, and right before she gets to Chokecherry, she meets Stuart, a colorful character. Even though they just met, there is a connection like they were lifelong friends. As she arrives, she is bombarded with memories of her family, her childhood, and the mysterious aura of Chokecherry. Does it have something to do with her psychic messages? With the help of Stuart, and Malcolm, a childhood friend, will she be able to understand and finally put her past to rest and begin to live? I loved reading about Dana. I could feel her anxiety and aloneness. I would have loved the book to explore some of her writings of her family . I feel that would have let me feel even closer to her. And I loved her interaction with Stuart. To me, that just made the book.