The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell {Book Review}

Contemporary Fiction

“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They’re soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.”

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks into depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.

Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.

Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.

My Thoughts

The Feathered Bone is about every wife and mother's worst nightmares come true. And just when you think that things can't possibly get worse they do.

This is a story of struggling to survive. Of learning to just do the next thing even when you can't imagine going on. This is a story of having faith and losing faith and in the end realizing that the Father was holding you in His hands through all of it.

While I would agree with many of the other reviewers that this is a novel filled with heavy and dark subject matter it is also a story of hope and promise. Julie Cantrell takes on the topic of human trafficking with sensitivity while still allowing the reader to experience the true horror of the situation.

As is usual in most stressful situations the disappearance of Sarah seems to be the catalyst to the downward spiral of many other situations in Amanda's life. The effect on her marriage and her own daughter is gut wrenching and all too real. But again the overriding message of God's ultimate plan in our lives is what resonated with me. The fact that He is with us in not only the good times but also the unimaginable nightmares is what will stick with me.

This book will obviously be on my top reads of the year list. If you like fiction that mimics life and leaves you grateful to a merciful God then this book should be on your reading list. Cantrell continues to write stories that break your heart while pointing to the Healer. I personally can't wait for her next novel.

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