Still Life in Shadows by Alice J. Wisler and narrated by David Bosco turned out to be a fabulous emotional listen that took me by surprise. I ventured out into something new and this didn't disappoint. Strongly recommend. (Full review below)
Still Life in Shadows by Alice J. Wisler and narrated by David Bosco was a fabulous emotional listen on many levels. This is not my typical read and wanting to venture out into something new, I am happy with this choice. Strongly recommend this book. A solid 4 ½ stars.
Gideon, an ex-Amish young man, left his life behind to start a new one. The book takes place after Gideon has settled into his new life where he is part owner of an auto shop, but leaving your past behind is never as easy as it seems. A young autistic girl, Kiki, and his long lost brother, Moriah, enter his life, causing Gideon to rethink what life is about.
This is a book about family, letting go of/dealing with your past, forgiveness, heartache, love, growing up, adult life, death of a loved one, friendship, and so much more. Something I kept thinking about throughout the book: You can't out run your past, but you learn to adjust the best you can.
The narrator, David Bosco, is once again fabulous! He is one of the reasons I listened to this book. I would gladly listen to another one of his and the author’s in a heart beat.
The only thing I can say negative about this book is sometimes I wanted just a little bit more, especially with Kiki. Anyone who has a friend or family member who is higher functioning on the autism scale will likely appreciate this book a little more than the average reader.
I was concerned with the religion portion of it, as I am not a religious or spiritual person, but I can assure those who share the same beliefs as me, it is not a preachy book (very minimal- only one part of it did I think it went on for a little too long). The portions that contain scripture/religious aspects are intertwined with the main characters feelings and the story itself will have you not wanting to put the book down. The book didn’t always go where I expected it to, but I count that as a good thing.
Parental guidance/trigger warning: talk of father's abuse (Amish father physically disciplines his children) multiple times throughout the book- sometimes it is in details, while others it is more of a mention, a mother who has a hoarding addiction and loses custody of her daughters (phone calls still made to them), religion (Amish), hell used once (“see you in hell”)- I do not recall any other swearing, family tensions, mention of Johnny Depp, racism- one specific character is racist throughout the book, drugs addiction (meth), murder, teasing of ex-Amish people in the town despite how long they’ve lived in town, love interest (minimal talk/thoughts), the MC struggles with religion, ret@rd and slow used in reference to an autistic girl.
*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!
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