Sunday, September 4, 2011

Conversations with a Moonflower....

Publisher's notes: Chris's life is anything but peaceful when she returns to Cattaraugus County to clean out her deceased grandmother's home. But her life changes forever when an Amish woman invites her to watch a moonflower open. Chris never would have believed that a simple plan could lead her on such a remarkable journey--a journey that would remind her of truths she had long ago forgotten. This touching debut by Chris Hall is guaranteed to uplift and inspire long after the story ends.

My Review: Conversations with a Moonflower is an enjoyable short read. The author begins by sharing her experience of traveling to New York to help clean out her deceased grandmother's old farm house. The time she spends at the house with her family and the Amish neighbors is priceless, and you can almost feel the sense of peace and contentment as you read her description of the area and people. During her visit she is introduced to a moonflower for the first time. Chris is captivated by the plant's simple beauty and she feels confused by the feelings the plant stirs within her. She is given a plant to take home and she soon discovers that her moonflower is more unique than she first believed. As Chris takes time to sit and visit with friends and family who comes to see her unusual plant, she is amazed at how her life begins to change. As time passes, Chris is drawn to the plant more frequently. After walking to the mailbox to pick up the mail or taking a break from yard work, she often sits for a while beside her plant. Soon she finds herself lost in conversation with her special plant, and during these conversations, Chris discovers many of the simple truths that have been hidden in her mind for years. Having suffered with ADD as a child and as an adult, Chris is able to recall her memories and work through her pain. She is reminded that she is special and that we all have the answers inside ourselves if we simply take the time to sit and listen to our hearts. Personally, I loved this book. Having suffered with ADD myself as a child and into my adulthood, I was often brought to tears as I could easily relate to many of Chris's struggles through the years. I can connect to her "pain and embarrassment" and I thought her story was especially touching. It was a wonderful reminder to settle down and take the time to think things through, to give myself a break now and again, and really take the time to listen for the answers I need in my life. I was reminded of my "moonflower", the desert, the place where I have always been able to go to find peace, to work through the problems in my life, and to just relax. I think we all have a "moonflower" of sorts; an object or a place where we can turn for comfort, quiet, and rest. We simply need to take the time to sit still and listen-- wherever or with whatever that may be. I give Conversations with a Moonflower 5 out of 5 stars.

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1 comment:

  1. That book looks awesome. Mandi. We all need time to a quiet and peaceful time with ourselves. It is amazing what our body and our spirit has to tell us. Thank you for the post.
    Anna del C.
    Author of "The Silent Warrior Trilogy"