Restoration: A Novel (Contemporary / Women's Fiction)

Restoration: A Novel (Contemporary / Women's Fiction)

by Elaine D Walsh

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BN ID: 2940045252720
Publisher: Elaine D Walsh
Publication date: 09/18/2013
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Format: NOOK Book
File size: 258 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Winner of the Chairman's award for excellence, Honorable Mention at the 2012 California Book Festival, and quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.Nimitz Highway and River Street is an intersection on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. It is also the place I impatiently came out of the womb ready to start my own personal history. Plan A was the military vehicle whisking my laboring mother toward the base hospital for a traditional birth. That did not happen. Plan B has been my life since.I was one of two children but with my father being one of nine, I enjoyed the richness and craziness of growing up in a larger extended family. Being brought up Catholic I have an appreciation for the history and tradition of the church that stays with me although I did not stay with the church. My mother suffered bouts of guilt about birth control and other church teachings I never let bother me. I struggled in other ways, dealt with it, and moved on.Mom did her best to prepare me for life as a woman. Secretarial courses and domestic chores would prepare me to be a wife. Growing up in the flowering women’s rights movement as a child of the 70’s, we had differing ideas, and I had other plans. I went off to college in upstate New York majoring in psychology with the intent of being a “death & dying” counselor. This would be my paying job while I wrote the next great American novel. Plan B kicked in and I graduated with a B.A. in English, packed my car, and upset my parents by moving to Florida in search of my destiny.This is where you will find me now, along with tens of thousands of northern transplants who invaded the Sunshine State. I adopted the sports allegiances of my adopted home state (Tampa Bay Rays and Buccaneers) much to the chagrin of my New York Yankee baseball and football Giant family. Without ever having taken one business course, I created my own brand and became a successful business executive by day and women’s fiction writer by night. So far, I have lived a Lifetime Movie Network life, a mixture of extraordinary, ordinary, mundane, and terrifying, providing me great inspiration and fanning my creative flame.My father instilled in me a strong sense of family. Semper Fidelis is not only his beloved Marine Corp motto but also a guiding principle in his life. My family stood by me, accepted me, and supported me during my difficult times. Other times, we laughed and created memories. He brought to life the words unconditional love.From my mother, I gained an appreciation for the complexities of relationships and richness in life one finds exploring and experiencing everything from a recipe, to a historical site, to lunch with friends, or a glass of wine. Material possessions meant little to her. She was a collector of experiences. We journeyed together and grew as individuals and as mother-daughter. I shared her journeys battling cancer, surviving one and succumbing to another. In one of our last soulful conversations before she died, she told me she was glad I also had a daughter and she hoped I would enjoy my own daughter as much as she enjoyed me.Being a daughter, mother, friend, and soul mate are the most powerful influences in my life and my stories. But as a successful women’s fiction writer, does this surprise anyone?

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Restoration: A Novel (Contemporary / Women's Fiction) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was captivated from beginning to end. I truly enjoyed the way the story weaved in and out of characters. Just when I was getting a little comfortable with where the story was going, something surprising would happen. Great read!
JillBrooks10 More than 1 year ago
Oh, this was a good read! Had to say it right up front. It’s amazing the level of pain that’s caused in the name of love. “Restoration’s” main character Tess, appears to be a cool, collected and knowledgeable expert in the art restoration world, but inside she’s almost constantly writhing in pain with the knowledge that the mother she adored, left her and her family when she was just 13 because her mother fell in love with a convicted serial killer on death row. She shares little about her personal life, and even less about her family to her acquaintances. Lack of trust, lack of faith, and the consuming abandonment she experienced as a young teen removes all color from her world. Will she ever find love? Does she ever want to find it? If she finds it, will she know how to reciprocate? Can she forge a friendship with a mother figure? Will she ever regain the passion that painting brought her? What Tess needed was to start living again. She vowed that she would when her mother’s now-husband, Randall Wright, was finally executed by the state of Florida. That vow to herself leads to meaningless relationships and a tortured, unhappy existence, as she underrates her value.  The book kept my interest very evenly throughout, and I was a little sad that it ended..I wanted to read more. I was impressed with the author’s knowledge of the art world, and of an artist’s mind. (Perhaps she is an artist). Tess’s character ran the gamut of feelings and emotions, and it illustrated to me why we can’t dwell on the negativity that can surround us every day. Tess developed into someone I wanted to interact with, befriend and comfort, even though she was incredibly strong.  One of the neatest characters I’ve read about recently.  “Restoration” followed Evil and how it can destroy by association, but it also showed Love as The major life force and reason for living. I’m glad I bought it, read it, and would recommend the book without reservation.
ptgolfer More than 1 year ago
What a lot of teenager girls might say about their Mothers, "My Mom is such a roadblock to me having fun with my friends.  She always has  to meet my friends and their parents.  She's always nosing into my business, jeez.  Suffocating!"  Okay all you Mom's out there, keep up the good work because the main character in Restoration might have sounded something like this  when she was a teenager, "My mother married a serial killer.  Left me, my sister, brother, oh and my father too, to marry this creep.  I wish  she was suffocating me with rules and boundaries for my life and because she isn't here doing that, I think I'm really going to screw up my  life unless I can figure out how to undo the damage."  And so we meet the main character Tess Olsen who has grown into a damaged young woman.  She's waiting for the State of Florida to execute her mother's husband and make all the damage go away.  If it were only as simple as that.   And if it were, Restoration would be a simple read, but it's not.  What will it take for Tess Olsen to stop self destructing and will she be able to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and put them back together?  You won't be disappointed reading Restoration cover  to cover and finding out.  I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review.