Today, 11/10, is #LisaNEdwardsDay . Here is my Book Review #3 that I wrote for #SeedoftheSunflower . I wrote this book review for my blog, Life is a walking shadow. Lisa N Edwards
Book Review: #SeedoftheSunflower by @LisaNEdwards #mustreadbook #LisaNEdwardsDay
There is something reassuring for readers about continuing the saga of a remarkable trilogy. You feel as though you are revisiting characters who you have welcomed into your life and who have become important to you. You have smiled at their joys and have shed tears over their sorrows. You have permitted them into your heart just as you would family.
When an author is able to summon the words from her heart and transfer them to her books to realistically flesh out the human attributes of fictional characters, that is the true testament of writing genius. Lisa N. Edwards, the author of the marvelous Can’t Fight Fate and its equally impressive book sibling Chasing Butterflies, has scored a victory with her final book in the trilogy, Seed of the Sunflower. Addressing themes of courage, destiny, friendship, perseverance and self discovery, Seed of the Sunflower allows readers to continue on the journey of Hollywood entertainment lawyer Nikki Kirkpatrick, a young woman searching for romantic fulfillment. This romantic fulfillment, as scripted by Fate, promises to be realized if Nikki is able to find the green eyed soul mate predicted by several psychics. Consequently, Nikki embarks on years long quest, meeting and dating green eyed suitors for her heart. Still, the many pieces of her life’s puzzles remain unconnected.
The thing about Nikki is that she doesn’t have the answers. All of her years of schooling leave her unprepared for the more important lessons life throws at us. Her story is one of reshaping one’s expectations and harvesting our experiences to help us grow as we try to find that elusive thing called happiness.
Framing this narrative as well is Nikki’s friend, Siobhan. Readers of Edwards’ books Can’t Fight Fate and Chasing Butterflies know how important a character Siobhan is. Siobhan isn’t this plot contrivance to insinuate herself into the book and say some witty things before she gracefully exits. Rather, Siobhan is a fully developed character on her own. Outwardly, she exudes confidence. Yet, she harbors insecurities. There is a perfect balance that Edwards strikes in her books where readers witness strong and vulnerable characters. If our own goal is to maintain strength despite vulnerability, then both Nikki and Siobhan speak a language we know and we understand.
Edwards’ descriptive writing style lends so much as the plots unfold. Further, I feel that all of her books are the perfect candidates for big or small screen adaptations. Her words jump right out from the pages. We feel the emotions. We visualize the characters and settings.
I spent months in eager anticipation for Seed of the Sunflower. My anticipation was well rewarded by this incredible book. I admit that I’m sad to see this trilogy end.
Seed of the Sunflower (like its predecessors Can’t Fight Fate and Chasing Butterflies) is a must read book!