#Review: The Year of Loving – Traci L. Slatton
Sarah Paige has done her best to keep her world together. Everywhere she goes, another piece of her existence crumbles. It pains her to know that she and her children aren’t as close as they should be. Though she’d like to change that fact, she’s not quite sure how she should go about it. Determined to hold on to the little she has left, she’ll do everything possible to maintain her sanity. Little does she know just how much her life will continue to change.
A bittersweet, yet heartwarming story, we get to see just how much Sarah changes and grows throughout the course of her existence. She’s a woman who’s endured so much. A woman who feels like she’s floundering in a dark abyss. She wants to change things, not only for herself, but those around her. At times, she feels like she’ll never get to where she wants to be. She’s used to being very independent, hating the fact that she sometimes needs to rely on others. Nevertheless, she ends up finding the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.
Traci has written a story that anyone can relate to. It’s a story of a woman’s struggle to overcome the adversities in her life. Granted, not everything is as easy as they may seem, but Sarah makes do with the cards she’s been dealt. She’ll lash out often, of course, but that’s the beauty of trying to start life over again. She gets to choose the path she wants to walk on and live life her way no matter how hard it may seem.
This is one of those books that make you feel things from the moment you start reading. Sarah finds herself in situations that a good many in this life have gone through. Everything she experiences are vividly shown, allowing the reader to relate to her experiences. Life is hard, but every goal we set for ourselves is achievable. This is something the author shows us the more we progress through the story. I like the way Sarah chooses to assert herself instead of drowning in her sorrow. Little by little, she finds her way again despite the odds. Her strength and courage come through clearly, allowing the reader to understand the choices she makes every step of the way.
Art gallerist Sarah Paige’s world is crumbling. One daughter barely speaks to her and the other is on the rails. Sarah is struggling to keep her gallery afloat in a tough market. Then she learns that her most beloved friend has cancer. In the midst of her second divorce, two men come into her life: an older man who offers companionship and stability, and an exciting younger man whose life is as chaotic as hers.
Sarah’s courage and spirit strengthen her, but how much can she bear, and what sustains her when all else falls away? Sarah finds herself on a journey that tests her more than she could ever have imagined.
Traci L. Slatton is the international bestselling author of historical, paranormal, and romantic novels, including IMMORTAL (BantamDell) and BROKEN; the award-winning dystopian After Series which includes FALLEN, COLD LIGHT, FAR SHORE and BLOOD SKY; the bittersweet romantic comedy THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE; and the vampire art history romp THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR. She has also published the lyrical poetry collection DANCING IN THE TABERNACLE and THE ART OF LIFE, a photo-essay about figurative sculpture through the ages. Her book PIERCING TIME and SPACE explores the meeting ground of science and spirituality.