Monday, July 30, 2012
Pamela Binnings Ewen's Chasing the Wind ~ Reviewed
CHASING THE WIND –
Pamela Binnings Ewen
Release Date Jun 1, 2012
Publisher Broadman And Holman
At 8:47 A.M. on Wednesday, October 12, 1977, new-to-town businessman Bingham Murdock flew his small plane into New Orleans, banking it in such a way that a ray of sunshine shot through the city at light speed.
Amalise Catoir saw the flash from her sixteenth floor law office window. Finally feeling alive after the death of her abusive husband, she imagined seeing the plane was a fate for her eyes only; a special connection between the unknown giver and she, the recipient of light.
But someone else saw it, a six-year-old Cambodian refugee in foster care for whom a sudden burst of brightness reminds him of artillery fire.
Destined to cross paths with the man and the child, Amalise doesn’t yet know the deeper spiritual lesson she will learn: that we are responsible not only for the things we do, but also for the things that we don’t.
Chasing the Wind continues the story of Amalise Catoir from the book Dancing on Glass. Amalise is now picking up her life after the death of her husband Phillip. Things are looking up in her career at the law firm, where she is put in the case of a lifetime. However, this top secret case involves tearing down historic parts of New Orleans to put up hotels and casinos. Amalise is troubled by this, and while driving through the areas to be demolished, meets a family with foster children. Amalise becomes very attached to an orphaned Vietnamese boy named Luke who has also become attached to her. She becomes torn between doing her job to the best of her ability, and saving the home of this family and little boy she’s grown to love. In the meantime, she’s finding her feelings for her long time friend, Jude, are changing into love, but she is unsure what to do about it.
I enjoyed this book more than the prequel. The storyline wasn’t as dark, and Amalise had a better grip on what was right and wrong in this book. It was an okay, book, though I don’t know if I would recommend it. However, that could be that this writing style is not my reading style. Nevertheless, it did keep me interested and anxious to see how it would end.
Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers