Every life endures storms, trials. Mastering them is basic survival. A double upheaval demands greater skill. Ally Cervantes found herself rather in a Perfect Storm of life’s turbulence: a son on the autism spectrum, a divorce, and a sudden halt to her career. And with the divorce came the loss of the house and her life as she knew it. What does one do when the options are dislike, dislike more, and no way on earth?
Ally moved her family – minus the husband – half-way across the country, to a lifestyle as vastly different from what she left behind as her Jimmy Choos from flip flops. As different as the perfumed fragrance of roses from the bitter sting of thorns. And that’s what she felt she had walked into, a bramble patch.
Faced with a devastated present, an uncertain future, and embarrassing memories from her past, Ally forges a new life for herself and her children.
Ms. Stratton has woven into her story, the uncomfortable issue of having a child on the Autism spectrum, a topic not often, in this reviewer’s experience, seen in fiction. Ms. Stratton has skillfully melded the issues of life – divorce, preteen daughter, moving – into a compelling story. I found myself crying with Ally, rooting for her, scolding her even, as she faced down each of her demons. I felt her frustration and heartbreak, and wanted to step into the story to lend a hand. I applauded Aunt Nettie for being the hero-in-the-background, loving quietly with the love of Christ, urging but never pushing. I felt no small measure of disgust for other family members who were less supportive. And I felt near contempt for Ally’s ex-husband.
And I thrilled with each step Ally took into a life of faith, each step away from disdain for all things Christian, each step toward freedom in Christ.
I was pulled into this story from the opening lines, a quote from Winston Churchill, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” I was riveted when Ally pulled up in front of her glorious home to see the “for sale” sign already there. And my heart plummeted when her boss came to the house to personally give her the bad news.
Ms. Stratton makes every scene come alive with characters I wanted to get to know – and felt I did – with places I now want to visit, descriptions so real I felt like I was there. And love so true I felt it leap off the pages.
Lake Surrender is a story you don’t want to pass by, and a story you won’t soon forget. Lake Surrender is a story of hope and courage – and never giving up.
Lake Surrender, an inspirational women’s novel published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and can be purchased at Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/qxjz7z2
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