Resurrection in May  -     By: Lisa Samson
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Resurrection in May

Thomas Nelson / 2010 / Paperback

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Just out of college, May followed her heart on a mission trip to Rwanda---but after witnessing genocide, she returned home, broken. Now living in near-seclusion on a small Kentucky farm, she learns that an old friend is on death row, refusing to appeal his sentence. Can she find the strength to reach out once again? 320 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 1595545441
ISBN-13: 9781595545442
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A strange and wonderous friendship ignites the fire of love in May Seymour's life.

Lovely and winsome May Seymour graduated from college with the world at her feet...and no idea what to do with it. A spontaneous mission trip to Africa brought great surprise--love--and a strong sense of purpose. But in loving others there, she encountered a severe tragedy that left her deeply wounded.

She comes to heal at the farm of Claudius Borne--a sweet, kind old man who understands plants and animals far better than people. And his farm becomes May's home.

There on the farm, May renews a friendship with an old college flame named Eli whose path has taken unexpected turns too. As May tries to convince Eli to grab hold of life once again, he begins to pull May from her sheltered existence. Like old Claudius's farm in Spring, May begins to blossom back into life. But no resurrection ever comes without sacrifice--and this sacrifice will forever transform May.


Author Bio

Lisa Samson is the beloved author of the award-winning novels Quaker Summer and The Sky Beneath My Feet. Publishers Weekly recently compared her style to that of Anne Tyler. Facebook: Lisa-Samson Twitter: @lisasamson

Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson is about May Seymour, a college-age girl who makes a strong connection with an older man right before she leaves for a long journey to Rwanda. The book covers quite a large span of May Seymour’s life and, although the story is packed with loss and grief, in the end readers see that the main character is truly at peace.

In the book’s beginning, the author does not go into much detail about back story or character motivation. Samson does, however, produce a very heartwarming story of the relationship this young college girl and Claudius the old farmer have created. May’s first major problem arises when she is caught in the middle of the genocide in Rwanda, and watches as everyone in her town gets slaughtered. This is the most memorable scene in the book, and author Samson is vivid in her description of the violence and mayhem, revealing graphically how devastating this inhumane situation is. Later in the book when Claudius dies, May is faced with another heart breaking situation. It is not the last time we see her go through pain, but it is the key turning point of the book. May’s personality is very vibrant and domineering in the beginning of the book; however, we see a major change in her behavior once she arrives back on the farm from Rwanda. As the story concludes, she has learned what it means to be a God-fearing woman.

Overall, this book tells a very personal and deeply-moving story. I liked the unique relationships the characters developed with each other. Most importantly, in the end readers are left with a sense of peace. I think this book would captivate women fifteen years old and older. The only reason I would not recommend it for girls younger would be because of all the traumatic death scenes throughout the story.

Psalm 34: 18 says, “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” By the end of the book May has defiantly been “crushed in spirit,” but it is evident that the Lord has been by her side helping her get through all her pain and suffering. It is a great theme that really helps readers understand the greatness of God’s love for those who are hurting. – Makenna Dunkelberger,

Publisher's Weekly

God would permit evil--in this tale of a mildly dissolute but open-hearted young woman, May Seymour, whose mission trip to Rwanda shows her humanity at its most basic. Despite a warning, she remains in her village and is the only survivor of the genocidal onslaught. She returns to a Kentucky farm whose owner, Claudius Borne, extended paternal hospitality to her before her trip. She remains there for years in the grip of post-traumatic agoraphobia. The plot turns when May learns that college boyfriend Eli Campbell is on death row, and the two renew their acquaintance. Samson is bold as ever, exploring big questions through her vivid writing and memorable characters. But the plot creaks mechanically at points in this outing, with some key episodes and secondary characters not developed enough to reel the reader in. Eli's daughter Callie is unconvincing, and the exchange of letters between the imprisoned Eli and May is a little heavy-handed. Samson gets high marks for imagination and ambition, but points off for flaws in execution. (Aug.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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