Thistledown Press | March 11, 2010 | Trade Paperback; 190 pages; $12.95 ISBN: 978-1897235-71-3
The simplistic realism of this cover … of a young woman paddling a kayak toward the sunset is what first drew my attention to this book!
Serenity and peace … an image that also conjurs a feeling of enjoyment and relaxation. At the onset, author Spring cleverly has the reader believing in this “sense of freedom” and even Teresa’s own words while kayaking …. “This is a mystical place. Out here I feel safe and secure.” is a contradiction of what this story is really about….. that of a young woman facing major psychological and physical challenges in order to enjoy the freedoms she once took for granted.
Teresa , once a typical teenager, hanging with friends, and running track until a tragic accident changes not only her life but that of her family’s. Entering adolescence is difficult enough for teens, but add insecurities, anger, and doubts and Teresa struggles to push herself to attempt things that she’s never done before. As Teresa battles her physical and psychological demons we also see the impact these adversities have upon her parents and sister.
This is a powerful touching story with a protagonist that displays courage, determination and grit, but also has an inner depth that truly has the reader cheering for her!
Genre: Realistic Fiction; Romance
Interest Level: Intermediate/ Senior students; interest in the Physically challenged