THE SOLACE OF WATER
The Solace of Water is a gripping coming-of-age historical fiction story that will stick with readers for some time after the final word is read. Hauntingly beautiful prose is bountiful in this tightly woven tale which utilizes three POVs (Delilah, Sparrow and Emma) to give the reader a full perspective of the unfolding events. Though a historical tale, the powerful scenes and timely messages stretch across the decades in their coverage of painful topical issues such as racism, alcoholism and abuse. The characters demonstrate the impact secrets, guilt and unforgiveness can have on a person in this emotive gem.
After suffering the loss of a son, Delilah and her family head for a fresh start in Pennsylvania. Her neighbor is Emma Mullet, a young Amish woman. Both women are fighting their own battles, as well as keeping secrets, yet there is a connection between them that can’t be denied, and an unlikely friendship, that is frowned upon by many, is formed. Delilah’s daughter, Sparrow, can’t move beyond the guilt she harbors over the death of her brother, and it is heightened by the wall Delilah has placed between them. Sparrow bonds with Emma in a way that is lacking with her own mother. All three women worry about what will happen if their truths ever come to light. Unforeseen circumstances force them to make choices that could change their lives forever. (THOMAS NELSON, Jun., 352 pp., $15.99)