Friday, August 21, 2009

David J Claassen's Kathryn's Fountain~Reviewed

Kathryn’s Fountain
By David J. Claassen
Published By: Cladach Publishing
190 Pages

Back Cover:

“Do you believe in miracles?”

As she asked the question Kathryn’s eyes locked on mine. She had been resigned to living out her last days at Victorian Manor, a beautiful old home for senior citizens needing extended care. Then one day something strangely wonderful happened to Kathryn at the garden fountain, and she began living an adventure beyond her wildest dreams. Love and sacrifice took on new meaning as she involved a social worker and a police detective in carrying out what she believed to be her calling—to rescue a street child named Jasmine.


You’ll wonder about miracles after reading this story!! In the beginning I thought it was going to turn into a scenario you and I are all too familiar with…where someone goes back in time…but alas, this was really different. The author takes the reader down a path I’ve never been on before - it fascinated me. David Claassen creates lovable, quirky characters you can’t help but instantly care about.

The main character, Kathryn and a former preacher, Ed, talk about something I hadn’t ever thought of before. He says, “…aging seems unnatural. We never quite get used to the idea of getting old. It’s like it’s an enemy. We’re all at different stages of aging, and that separates us, by what we call generations, from each other. Sometimes I think it separates us as much or more than race, creed, or economic status.”

I love how the author weaves these very intriguing, powerful gems that make you go ‘Hummm,”! in the middle of Kathryn’s adventures. These gems turn up throughout the story when you least expect it. I loved that!

Kathryn doesn’t know how to take Ed at times but he is a fountain of fun and companionship for her at Victorian Manor. She asks Ed “Do you believe in Miracles?”

He says, “Jesus never did miracles to make someone without faith believe. In fact, he required at least a little faith on the part of someone involved before he did a miracle!” Another gem!

I was taken on a great unexpected journey filled with adventure, wonder, love and self-sacrifice. I found myself rooting for Kathryn’s determination to do God’s will in her life, when it seemed impossible for her to do it. This is a story that fairy tales are made of—I can’t wait for others to share in the great adventure I’ve just been on reading Kathryn’s Fountain. Treat yourself to drink from Kathryn’s Fountain – You’ll be glad you did.

Reviewed by: Nora St Laurent

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