"Rachel's Contrition," by Michelle Buckmanby Linda Louise Rigsbee on 03/26/14
March Book Review of Rachel's Contrition, a Catholic Fiction Romance Novel by Michelle Buckman
If I had to use one word to describe this book, I think it would be "visceral." I didn't simply read this book. I felt it deep down inside. From the first page, I was emotionally tied to Rachel. I had a hard time putting the book down as it moved smoothly from chapter to chapter, drawing me ever deeper into the darkness of Rachel's grief.
I loved the way Michelle built the characters slowly and personally, as if they were being developed in my mind, not hers. I identified with Rachel. I was Rachel for a while. I could feel her grief about the loss of her daughter. I felt compassion for her husband and I wanted them to reconcile. I wanted her son to embrace her. I wanted them all to be a family again.
Perhaps there is a deep dark fear in each of us that if we are examined too closely, we won't measure up. I felt that in Rachel. Even those with the greatest faith feel lost sometimes. Rachel was a mixture of strength and weakness - flawed, yet morally intact.
For me, the connection with the soul is what made this book memorable. Long after the mysteries were solved and the plot was unfolded, I pondered how I would react under the same circumstances.
An excellent read and one I would highly recommend.