Friday, November 8, 2013

Book Review: All The Pieces

                                                  Today's review is on All The Pieces by Mary Kingsley

I literally felt that my own life was falling to pieces when my daughter headed off to college, so it's not surprising that the title of this book called to me. A perfect short story of love, loss, and sacrifice, All The Pieces is one of those books that you just can't put down.

On a cold winter evening, Midwife and Healer Sary Ann is alerted by her two wolf-like dogs that someone is heading her way. This stranger with long, straight, black hair handed her a newborn baby girl and left. Her only possession, the beautiful beaded necklace about her neck.

The baby was very sick so Hannah used her herbs and "potions" to help her live. The child, who Hannah named Laidy, thrived and grew to be a beautiful woman and later married and had children of her own. Her daughter, Anna Lee, who had strange yellow-green eyes, will be the one that will reveal the truth and set the record straight as to her mother's past.

A wonderful book full of surprises that makes me want to read more from Kingsley.

4 of 5 stars
Available at Amazon

Book Description: via Amazon

Sometimes there are stories floating around about things that happened a long time ago, which nobody can explain. When eight-year-old Anna Lee takes off running one day, fleeing a painful scene and seeking refuge from her family’s lingering grief, she unknowingly brings to the surface some questions that this small, southern Appalachian community had long ago buried.

Who was the stranger that appeared at the midwife’s door one distant winter’s night and disappeared again silently, leaving a mystery that had remained for over a generation? Who was the child that was born with eyes the color of a harvest moon, that only wanted to sing, and the boy that would grow to love her beyond himself? What was the reason for the brutal murder in the woods that left one man dead, another sentenced to life in prison and a young woman to die months later, without ever uttering another word? And who was the man that came face to face with Anna Lee in a place she was certain no one would find her, each of them in their hour of greatest need, each with their own pain and secrets to be revealed--and perhaps healed?

The desperate search for the runaway, Anna Lee, is paralled by the storyteller’s version of a mystery that most folks around have long forgotten. All the while Anna Lee struggles within a situation that holds danger beyond what she can imagine, and it is only in her innocence, even in the face of death, that she becomes the key to a revelation and the answer to a longing.

All the Pieces is not only a tale of birth, death and grief, but is also the story of profound love and a journey’s end.


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