For Julia, loss isn't just part of her life, it IS her life. And yet, in reading "Leaves", I got so roped in, bound up in the complexities, hoping that not only would her loss and rejection end, but that she would find the One who would walk her through it. (Isn't that what He does? We want him to take it all away, and yet it seems he goes there with us.) And then I realized, while we still live on earth, while we are still breathing and living and doing, there will always be loss. It's not IF. It's WHEN. Whether it be through our own personal choices, or choices someone else has made, it still has to be dealt with, walked through. It may not be in the way Julia experienced it, it may be so subtle, that only WE know it. Because of our own personal hurts - and because there are books like "Leaves" to show us, I hope we can figure out how to love each other - and the 'Julia's' around us a little more. I am online right to buy Summer Snow. And I know I won't be able to receive it as quickly as I will be reading it!
Julia DeSmit hasnt had the easiest life. Her mother deserted her when she was nine and her father died when she was fifteen. The only people left are Thomas, her best friend and first love, and her loving grandmother. But when Thomas falls for someone else, leaving Julia with a broken heart, she decides to get away and discover the real world by going to college. College seems like a great escape and a new beginning, but its not all it was cracked up to be. Classes are harder than she expected and shes tested by people, situations, and expectations. When a bad decision unexpectedly changes her life, Julia ends up back at her grandmothers farm, utterly defeated. With her grandmothers kind, gentle nature, Julia learns of hope and what starting over is really like.This book is challenging and makes you think; it wasnt a fairy tale, happily-ever-after kind of story. Ms. Baart makes Julia such a real character. Julia was evidence that sometimes we make mistakes, get hurt, and everything doesnt always work out, but good things can still come from the bad. I enjoyed this thoroughly. Definitely check it out!