Reluctant Cassandra

Reluctant Cassandra

by Ellen Smith

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ISBN-13: 9780996199902
Publisher: Ellen Smith
Publication date: 03/18/2015
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.88(d)

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Reluctant Cassandra 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author has done an amazing job of creating a community and then gently pulling you into the story in such a way that you feel you are standing next to the main character, Arden, and experiencing the world with her. What you see through her eyes and feel through her reactions is a personal world that is in flux due to outside sources, and her need to make changes in response. Arden needs to find a path to move forward while her 'constants' - her personal relationships, her parents, and her home town - are beginning to recede toward being her past. However, Arden has a unique connection with the past, and in some ways it grounds her. She possess a unique ability to sense how objects touched by people have also borne witness to change, just as people touched by other people do. And while the topic matter is serious and often heart-wrenching, be prepared for a few laughs along the way.  
JKR1080 More than 1 year ago
Ellen Smith writes with an ease and grace that makes you feel like you are relaxing on a lazy summer day... And then she hits you with such heartfelt emotion that you cannot help but cry for this family in crisis. A wonderful debut novel. Arden is a very likable and relatable protagonist and her circumstances are something every child should fear. What's worse than losing a parent who isn't physically gone? A great summer read for all.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Reading Reluctant Cassandra was tough for me, and I’ll start by saying why. It’s a good book, and it describes its characters, setting and events well. One of those events is how the main character’s father struggles with Alzheimer and his condition grow worse every day. It was tough reading this because my Grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer a few weeks ago, and her condition goes downhill fast. A lot of the scenes with Arden’s father hit a nerve for me, because I’m going through the same thing with my grandma. I can’t imagine how much worse it has to be when going through something like this with a parent. Despite that, the reason why I wanted to read this one so badly was because of the mention of Alzheimer. I wanted to see how others dealt with having their loved ones go through such ordeal. But while it was a tough read, that also shows just how good the book is. The reader can’t help but connect with Arden, with her fears and struggles, and to cheer for her, even when everything seems to turn against her. I admired her for her strength and weaknesses alike, and even for the gift/burden she had. It’s a great book, with fluent writing and interesting characters. Fans of women’s fiction will love it. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.