Abish Miller's last year has been a blur of work, running and hiding from her family. It's no wonder, she was left a widow and had a stillborn baby within 3 weeks of each other, right before Christmas. But now it seems as though everyone is trying to make her move on, her mom, her boss, her friends, Abish isn't ready for all of this change. She's been running a set of married student apartments for her mom for the last year, but her mom is fed up with her not moving on and decides that she needs to kick her out. Abish has no where to go. Her boss who was recently made bishop of one of the Rexburg singles wards, realizing this, tells her that he's happy to help her find an apartment. Abish knows that she must find one, and quick, living on the street is not approved housing for BYU-Idaho singles, so she could get kicked out of school on top of everything else. She takes her boss up on the offer, never realizing or even considering that she would end up in his ward. Now he's her pushy boss and her pushy bishop. Can Abish's life really get any worse? Of course it can!
I really enjoyed reading this book! The plot is different from any of the books that I've read. I love how Abish is married, but is really being forced to return to her single phase of life, that's not something I've really seen addressed in any of the LDS fiction type books. Abish is quite a character, she's always doing the wrong thing, and most of the time she really doesn't realize that she is. She's also really complex, because she had lost a baby, she looks at the children around her with different eyes. Because she's lost her husband relationships are really important to her too. Not to mention her concern about moving on and forgetting about her husband. The characters in this book are well written and seem as though they can be real. I also really liked that the book felt like Rexburg, Idaho. I hope to read more by this author soon!
About the author, Sarah Dunster:
Sarah Dunster is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her poems have appeared in Dialogue: Journal of Mormon Thought, Sunstone Magazine, and Segullah Magazine. She is a contributor to LDS arts blog A Motley Vision. Her first novel, “Lightning Tree,” was released in April of 2012. Her fiction has been described as fresh, character-driven, and outside the box of LDS literature. Sarah Dunster enjoys writing almost as much as she enjoys spending time with her seven children, age eleven and younger.
I was sent an e-copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.