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Timeless Sisters: Peace at the River


Loved it! 😍

A compelling narrative of an unusual concept - that human lives can be linked between centuries by a physical object with unexplained power.

Three women, three eras, three very different life situations, yet all linked by an intriguing piece of jewellery that seems to change form as it descends through time.

Amadahy is a Native American woman living in a loveless marriage, in a time before the white man encroached on village life and tribes were free to follow their spiritual beliefs. Her mother has mental health issues, and her twin daughters are near death from a fever thought to be caused by evil spirits and the dysfunctional marital relationship.

Cora is a young Negro slave girl during the Civil War. She knows that the white society, which she serves unseen, considers her to be a possession with no value other than her ability to work and obey orders. Cora witnesses a horrifying attack on her beloved family, and as the only survivor, escapes and flees for her life. Luckily, she is discovered and taken in by a free Negro family and given another chance at life and love.

Janene is a modern wife, mother, and an ardent history teacher who cares deeply about her students. She is experiencing some bizarre and terrifying physical symptoms that have no apparent cause or treatment. She feels her world is shrinking around her as she struggles for an answer.

The story bounces from one woman to the other as it follows the happenings and events that occur in their personal lives and in the world at large. Although this could be a little confusing to the reader, the author manages to correlate or contrast the emotions and nuances as each character develops into womanhood, seamlessly flowing between cultures and worldviews. 

The underlying theme is most powerfully the overarching potential in the sisterhood of women, despite our differing circumstances. There are also notes of strength, endurance, compassion, and love for our families and friends, even when they, or we, appear unlovable. These characters become real people to the reader; weaknesses, insecurities, failings notwithstanding.

The only criticism I have is that some dialogue felt a little stilted and unnatural in places, explaining more than was required to paint the picture. Having said this, I read the book in an afternoon/evening as I could not wait to find out what happened next.  There is no offensive language or explicit scenes so that you could buy it for your daughter or your Grandma, and both would enjoy it.

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I live in Far North Queensland, Australia, with one husband, one dog, one real cat, and 68 cat ornaments. I write children's books about outback Australia.


About the author

Shelly Hoover, EdD, is an author, educator, and advocate. Her body is paralyzed by ALS, so she types with her eyes. She shares her story of living peace and gratitude with others across the country. She lives with her husband, Steve, in Northern California. view profile

Published on January 01, 2020

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50000 words

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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