Forty-one year old Dana Quinn, a closet writer, career waitress and three-time psych ward patient has just lost her last family member. For Dana to go on, she must create a life meaningful enough to answer her eternal question: why did she alone survive the accident that killed her family? That’s a tall order for someone who’s barely managed to exist. Never married, in and out of an institution where only her writing saved her, Dana works a dismal job with a few friends she’s managed to keep at a safe distance.
Lost and hopeless in the weeks following Aunt Irma’s unexpected death, Dana discovers a letter and takes her aunt’s advice to walk away from her life in Queens and return to her family farm to write herself well one more time. For over thirty years Dana’s believed the farm was sold and did her best to forget it. But what if everything in the house is frozen in time exactly the way they left it? Nothing can stop her from walking through that door.
On the road she adopts a one-eared dog and finds a new best friend in Iowan-turned-New Yorker, Stu, who’s given up designing off-Broadway sets to care for his ailing mother back in his tiny hometown.
Chokecherry, her father’s beloved farm, is not at all what Dana expects and far more than she bargains for. By firelight, Malcolm reveals the cryptic history buried in the tunnel, and why the big barn strikes fear in the hearts of those who enter it. Despite its tragic past, the farm also possesses an undeniable capacity to heal the broken. In fact, it seems to be a magnet for broken hearts. Just as Dana and her friends form a tight bond and rise to the challenge of helping Chokecherry realize its true potential, a supernatural ability she’s failed to repress for years, nearly kills her. Dana’s forced to fight for a life she wants–a life that finally answers her eternal question in ways she never could’ve imagined.
I fell in love with this author’s writing and style when I read her other book, Swallowtail. I was so very excited to get this book and review for her again. Chokecherry did not disappoint! This book is an amazing story of finding redemption in yourself and finding your way back to well after things have gone wrong in your life. The main character, Dana, is so relatable and I found myself connecting with her in this story right from the start. The characters and settings are so vivid and described in such detail that I felt I was with the characters experiencing their hope, excitement and fear as the story unfolded. This was a very unique and intriguing, as well as exciting tale. I find myself at a loss for the perfect words. Chokecherry is an amazing book that must be read to be understood. Words cannot always capture the feelings and emotions you experience when reading a story like this. I give this book a huge 5/5 and I highly recommend this if you have room on your summer reading list!
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