FAMILY & ADVERSITIES — A REVIEW

Space, by Emily Sue Harvey
260 Pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Inspirational Fiction
Tour Dates: September 19-November 11
REVIEW ONLY TOUR

A story of family and the adversities that can either weaken or strengthen the bonds, Space brings the reader right into the thick of things with the very first chapter.  Enjoying a celebration and looking forward to their “golden years,” Dan and Deede Stowe are blindsided by a call that announces their daughter Faith’s drug overdose.

Then we are catapulted back in time to their lives in the beginning of their marriage.  Looking ahead with hope to creating a family, they are disappointed over and over again, until finally their miracle child Faith is born.

What happens to unleash the monster of addiction in the lovely child they raised?  When did the first seeds of destruction plant themselves in her life and theirs?

Family members form a circle of love and support, but as the battle wages on, with the back and forward progress of addiction, some pull back.  At times, Deede and Dan feel as if they’re on the battlefield alone.

I was caught up in the tug and pull of this family story and how it reminded me of many struggles in my own family over the years, as well as the struggles of families with whom I worked in my professional life as a social worker.  There is nothing more devious and conniving than addiction, with its stranglehold on the life of the addict and all those around her.  It is definitely a family disease, and by the time the battle finally plays out, it leaves wounded souls in its wake.

After many struggles, this family arrived at a happy resolution.  In some ways, I thought that the change from battling addict to peaceful acceptance was almost too smooth when it finally happened.  I wanted to see more of Faith’s gradual behavioral changes as she moved toward acceptance.  There were some journal entries that hinted at the beginnings of insight and acceptance and paved the way for change.  Perhaps a single defining moment turned things around for her.  That was not clear for me in the story.  However, I enjoyed the characters, the journey, and the dramatic depiction of the struggle.  Four stars.

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2 thoughts on “FAMILY & ADVERSITIES — A REVIEW

  1. I haven’t heard of this book and probably never would have — it’s not in a genre I tend to read much. It sounds like it has a lot to offer, though, so thank you for bringing it to my attention!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Erin…I tend to gravitate to stories of family dysfunction, including addiction: a side effect of my three-decades role as a social worker. I was first drawn to this fascinating cover, though, and then the blurb.

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