Friday, February 20, 2015
Book Review~Still Life by Christa Parrish
Book Summary: A tragic plane crash. One woman who lost her husband. Another who gave up her seat for him.
Adah spent her first twenty-five years with her family as part of a fringe religious sect. Her only contact with the outside world was through customers at their farm store. Then she met Julian, a photojournalist who'd come to document their lifestyle. They eloped mere days later and Adah was thrust into a completely new life as a wife, city-dweller, and an individual allowed to make her own decisions. But she has no idea who she is.
On her twenty-sixth birthday, Julian plans to fly home from an assignment to give her her first-ever birthday present. He's thrilled when Katherine Cramer gives up her seat so he can make the flight. But the plane crashes and everyone on board is killed, including Julian.
Adah is completely at a loss, with no friends and no marketable skills. When Julian's last photographs are published, her life erupts into chaos. She begins travelling-with Julian's camera for a companion-searching for answers to who she is and what she really wants.
Meanwhile, Katherine must live with the knowledge of why she gave up her seat-to extend her affair one more night. She recognizes her survival as a second chance to save her marriage. But is it too late?
When Adah's and Katherine's paths cross, they discover that there's still life ahead for both of them.
My Thoughts: This is the second book I've read by Christa Parrish-I read The Air we Breathe a few years ago. I enjoy her style of writing, and Still Life was no exception! I read the book within a few days because it was so hard to put down. The characters drew me in, and the short chapters made it so easy to say, "Just one more chapter!", and then I would realize hours had passed! Still Life was a unique story, and I found myself very curious about Adah's past in the cult. I would love if the author would write a story about Adah's childhood.
While reading about Julian dying because he talked Katherine into trading seats really made me think about that type of situation. Should the surviving person feel a sense of guilt? Would he have died anyway that day because it was his time? Lots of great questions to ponder!
I came to the end of Still Life wanting more! I want to know what happens next. I would be grateful if author Christa Parrish would write a prequel about Adah's childhood and a sequel!
About the Author: Christa Parrish is the author of five novels, including the 2009 ECPA Book of the Year Watch Over Me and the Christy Award-winning Stones for Bread. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, writer and pastor Chris Coppernoll. They have four children in their blended family.
I received an e-copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.