Sunday, February 14, 2010

Linda Rettstatt's And the Truth Will Set You Free

I should have done this review three years ago, but life, as happens in this story, took a dive and I didn't get it done. I found the book in my file of digital editions and decided it was time to complete this obligation. I'm sure glad I did as it is a well worth reading.

And The Truth Will Set You Free 
by Linda Rettstatt
General Women's Fiction

Budget cuts eliminate Kate Reynolds’ job with the state. At fifty-two her world falls apart until her friend Terri impresses on her that her problems might present an opportunity. Terri reminds Kate that years ago she had plans to become a writer. Now might be the perfect time to try something new and daring -- in that New England village that impressed her a few years ago. Kate makes a decision to try. She moves to East Holbridge, Connecticut. While she makes new friends in her new home and makes great progress in her new career choice, she feels unfulfilled and uncomfortable, torn between her old life and her new one.

And The Truth Will Set You Free explores Kate’s journey through the pitfalls of life, the challenges of inevitable change, decisions to be made, and the courage necessary to survive those choices. Kate learns that even when starting new, she carries her past with her, and those memories will pull her back toward what is known and safe. The beginning of this story establishes Kate’s old and new lives in rich detail and imagery, and many realistic characters are introduced. Leaving her tried-and-true friends is wrenching, but she finds discovering new friends has its own charm. Everything is moving along almost serendipitously for Kate until self-doubt and a friend’s crisis make her question her choices. Has she made the right choices, not only now, but ever? Once these questions and problems have been established, Kate’s journey moves in poignant and complex paths with a bit of romance thrown in. And The Truth Will Set You Free is an extraordinary tale with issues that will grip the reader’s interest and emotions.