Right off the bat Ruth Cherry, PhD sets up the scenes and characterizations in a skillful way that not only pulls us in right away, but creates great visualizations and elicits emotional investments. This was the second book I’ve read by Dr. Cherry but I certainly hope it’s not the last. She really knows how to write descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside Anne’s head through the whole story, as opposed to it all just being rehashed to us and keeping us away from the action and her emotions (good and bad) as seems to happen so often in these types of books (with heavy narrative) I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative, but instead like a new niche of ‘real life’ self-improvement and spirituality that serves well to help diversify the genre in a very cool way. Overall the entire novel was one that I thought was impressive and kept me reading night after night and I loved how it ended.  I am looking forward to more from Ruth Cherry!

-Darlene Cupp