Monday, March 15, 2010

#BookReview: CHILDREN OF THE WATERS by Carleen Brice

As I told her on the Twitter the other day, I blame Carleen Brice for my house work not getting done the day I read this. I started reading Children of the Waters during a break at a workshop, then proceeded to leave the workshop an hour early so that I could go home and read in peace. I purchased this book during an auction back in December, but waited until I really needed something good to read to pick it up. It was well worth the wait.

Children of the Waters is the story of two sisters, one unaware that the other exists. The older of the two, the recently divorced Trish, is struggling to raise her teen son, a biracial youth, trying to find his place in a society that doesn't always view him favorably. Trish's younger sister, Billie, has lived her whole life without knowing that she was adopted. A free spirit with a nurturing instinct, she's head over heels in love with her musician boyfriend and the baby she's carrying.

In 298 pages, Ms. Brice masterfully blends words and phrases to create a special story of two women learning how to be mothers, sisters and daughters. This is an absolute page turner and my only regret is that it ended.

What did you like about this book?
Though the sisters are of two different races and their racial differences do come into play here and there, race is not the overall theme of the book.

What did you dislike about this book?
At right under 300 pages, it didn't seem long enough. I need a sequel!

How can the author improve this book?
She can't. There is nothing about this story that needs to be changed.

298 pp
Published June 2009

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