Lyrical, sweeping beauty from start to finish. A handful of editing bobbles/missed words, isn't enough to remove any one of the five stars this book received from me! It was brilliantly written and bravely shared.
Much can be learned within the pages of this book; and, it has found a permanent place on my bookshelf. Learn from mistakes, study oneself, grow; break the circular patterns that enslave and set yourself, and your loved ones, free.
It's eye-opening and good to recognize both the differences and similarities between what you know from your own life and the truth as seen from the view-point of others. However, having lived a life, myself, of a marriage that was culturally different; merging two, separate cultures or religions is difficult and ill-advised. There's a bedrock of faith and sameness that binds; and, when it's not present, there's divisiveness that's hard to overcome.
There is sadness and there is joy. Hazel Wise writes from a place of gratitude, reverence, self-knowledge, and maturity; if not also from a place of peace. She reveals much and I was able to see my own life's story in pieces of her's. This author wrote in a manner that is transparent, authentic, far from self-seeking; and, it's this letting others in that will help the reader to find and see themselves clearly too.
This book is insightful, enlightening, and just as the author's last name reveals: Wise.
By the end of this read, you will feel as though you've become a part of the author's life. You'll be able to share within the different cultures and traditions by adopting recipes into your kitchen that represent them. Within the recipes, within the gathering of people together, you will see, hear, and taste the joy.
Not all was lost, some things were gained; from the reeling emptiness that death and divorce leave in their wake, there will come a day when you no longer feel the depth of the loss in the same way. Through the reeling there does come healing. It's painful, it's slow; but, you do learn to mourn, accept, and let go.
The joy remains in the kitchen. The bittersweet triumph of having lived, loved, and learned found on a dinner plate.
Reading books and writing reviews brings with it every emotion under the sun; forever changing, forever changed, and I wouldn't have it any other way. May my words not only help fellow readers but also the authors of the books we read.