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Saint Of Clairvaux Bernard
John Addington Symonds
Rebecca Kanner has done it again. The opening pages draw you to want to turn the page. The imagery creates a vision of the time and people to which she is writing about. Kanner builds the story line and the characters as the story unfolds. This Old Testament favorite conjures modern parallels...Relationships of greed, envy, deceit, self-centered pursuits=but she does not leave out love and loyalty. We all have our "plight" in life and yet Esther's character expresses the need for all of us to attempt to meet those assigned roles with courage and honor. I particular appreciated that Kanner allowed each main character to have a window of expressed awareness about their own true personal reflection of what mattered to them.
Kanner uses darkness and light, good and evil in her telling of this story. Bright imagery about the adornments and jewels compel a less grim read. This balance creates a brightness to what could have been a very dark telling.
In short, this is a gripping retelling that is compelling and thought provoking. You will be glad you read this book. I am!
Written by Kathy Harding on Oct 23, 2015