Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix (review by Cathy)


About the book:

I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing.”

It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family’s undoing.

At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again. But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past. It’s thirteen-year-old Ryan who most keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.

Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry.

My review (4-stars)

I wasn’t too sure that I would like this book when I first saw it, but I found it enthralling once I started reading it.  I love the authors writing style and her characters were wonderful.

I felt as though I was in Kathmandu with Lauren and Ryan and I couldn’t imagine giving up the comforts of home and leaving my family and friends the way they did.  Of course, that’s the life that Sam felt called for as a missionary and one that Lauren agreed to.

Sam drove me nuts sometimes.  I get that he had strong convictions, but he seemed to put others needs before his family, which made him seem selfish and unfeeling towards them.  I was happy for Lauren when she reconnected with Aiden.  Oh, how I loved Aiden and how my heart ached for him as he battled with an illness and how he reached out to Lauren. It made me happy for her to have someone to communicate with, even if it wasn’t in person.

While Sam is busy chasing his dream without support from his church and relying on support from others, his son Ryan is spinning out of control.  I really wanted Sam and Lauren to get themselves together for the sake of their son!

This is a story that I’ll never forget.  I’ve found a new to me author and I’ll be looking forward to reading more of her work.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.





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