"Value people not just for the income they provide us. Value them because of the lives they have lived," says Miriam Howard. Desert Gardens is an assisted living facility where the lives of the residents, Treha - a girl with an unusual ability to connect with those with dementia, Miriam Howard - the director being forced out into retirement, Jillian Millstone - the incoming director, and Devin and Jonah - a documentary film team, are all woven together into a fascinating story.
It seems that one of the residents, Dr. Crenshaw, knows something of Treha's past - yet before she can find out about it, he becomes too ill to speak. So what are the connections between her and him? What is her background and why is she so "unusual". The mysteries abound and this story is like an onion, which needs to be peeled away layer by layer. I found myself rooting for the residents, totally disliking Ms. Millstone and only wanting Miriam to come back. I kept wanting Treha to be able to find out about her past and not have to make it up.
This book was different from the previous books that I have read by Chris Fabry - there weren't any car chase scenes or people being blown up but there were still mysteries and guns!
This book is written from various different viewpoints of individuals in the story as well as input from the documentary that was being developed. It took me a few chapters to really get into this book once I did I couldn't put it down. The chapters were great and flowed well but the input from the documentary footage was kind of like background noise with it often not having anything to do with what was going on in the story. Overall a great message about not just looking at a person from the outside but getting to know someone on the inside and seeing what great they bring to the world.
Treha, a mysterious young woman with personal issues, works at a home for the elderly, and has a special connection with them. The director of the home and a documentary team look into Treha's past for answers, as Treha does not remember her early life.
I thought the book was good, though it took about one third of it before I got into the story. There are quite a few characters and it was interesting to see some of the main ones develop throughout the course of the book.
"Every Waking Moment" by Chris Fabry is a novel that takes place in a nursing home and centers around Treha, a mentally impaired housekeeping worker, and Devin, a documentary film maker, who meet and work together to tell the stories of the people who live at the nursing home. The story opens with Miriam, the administrator, retiring and being replaced by Ms. Millstone, a cranky, control freak who sucks the life out of the nursing home. Treha has physical impairments as well as social, however, she seems to have the key to unlock the minds of those patients that are trapped in their minds.
This is an incredibly well written book. Fabry brings the characters to life on an intimate level. The plot flows smoothly from one level to the next as the documentary takes shape. The chapters flow from the nursing home, to the documentary, to Devin's struggles with making the film. I give it an A. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale Publishing.
Treha Langsam is a young woman with a past she cannot remember, and a future looming with uncertainty. Borrowing the stories of others because she cannot remember her childhood, she has no one to fill in the empty spaces of her life. Living alone and barely making ends meet, she struggles on a daily basis to be a part of a world she cannot understand.
The only thing that makes her somewhat a part of normal society is the fact that she can bring the elderly from the world of their minds to return to some clarity and clear thinking. But there are some people who do not understand Treha's gift and will do everything in their power to make her just go away. When one of the residents of Desert Gardens Retirement Home in Arizona provides a vital clue to the past, will one of Treha's few friends, Miriam, be able to help her find her family? Or will the truth die along with the same man who is the answer with what is physically wrong with Treha?
And finally a heroine that isn't stick skinny perfect, with the most beautiful eyes you've ever seen, or some other such flawless or stunning characteristic. Treha is real in the pages of this book, for Fabry has made a fictional someone we can believe in, cheer on, and can almost believe that she is as alive as we are. This is the kind of book that reminds you of the best movie you've ever seen, except so much better. It doesn't matter who you are or where you are in life; Treha's story will change how you see the elderly, the "not quite right" from society, and those who we tend to think are beneath us based on appearance. This novel will open your eyes to things you have never seen before, and make you see in a whole new light.
This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.