The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell(review by Cathy)


From Goodreads:


“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They’re soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.” 

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks in depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.

Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.

Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.

My review:

What a fabulous book!  The Feathered Bone has so many elements that kept me engaged from beginning to end.

Julie Cantrell crafted characters that I genuinely liked and situations, that although were difficult to read about, are very real situations that people face more often than I care to think about.   Family and friends rally around Amanda as she’s consumed by guilt after the disappearance of Sarah, her friend’s daughter.

There are some gut-wrenching moments in this book to say the least!

A major hurricane, depression, broken marriages, and faith. Yes, faith!  It’s easy to just give up on faith, but that’s the one thing that most of the characters have to hold onto during their darkest hours and the one thing that helped them survive. Those searching for answers faced anguish and heartache along the way, learning not only about themselves, but about others in their lives.

Ms. Cantrell has written an amazing book that has taken this reader on an emotional journey and one that I’m glad I took.  This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, but it will not be the last.

I recommend The Feathered Bone to readers that won’t shy away from the reality of what can happen in the world.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.




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