Book Review Reluctant Cassandra

ReluctantCassandraTitle: Reluctant Cassandra

Author: Ellen Smith

Genre: Southern Women’s Fiction

Nothing much changes in historic Eagle Valley, Virginia. That’s a good thing for Arden McCrae. It’s easier to manage her visions of the future when there isn’t much to see. Arden would rather stay buried in the cool certainty that comes with stories of the past. Fortunately, running the local antique store and keeping up with the Eagle Valley Historical Society gives her plenty of history to hide behind.

When her aging parents are forced to sell their farm to pay for medical care, Arden sees big changes ahead. The sale threatens the historic status of Eagle Valley, and Arden’s own store is in peril. Meanwhile, her father’s rapidly advancing Alzheimer’s keeps him locked in a heartbreaking past. The rest of the McCrae family is left to make difficult decisions for the days to come.

The future that nobody wants is descending fast, and Arden must face the visions she’s always avoided. Soon, her town is divided over their historic status and her family is shattered by her father’s declining health. Arden will have to choose whether to fight to preserve the past or learn to embrace the future.

Arden McCrae has visions of the future. To escape her gifts, she runs an antique story that keeps her surrounded wiht items from the past. Meanwhile her father is stuck in the past too, thanks to a rapidly-advancing form of Alzheimer. With her family in such a dire situation, and the town divided over the historic status of Eagle Valley, Arden must face some difficult decisions.

I liked the addition of Arden’s power of seeing the future. It offered a nice twist to the story. The part about her Dad suffering Alzheimers hit close to home for me – I’ve had a grandmother who had Alzheimers, and seeing their health decline year after year isn’t easy. And when they can’t remember you, that just about breaks your heart.

Either way, it’s a decent story with good writing and a heroine who faces some tough choices.



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One response to “Book Review Reluctant Cassandra

  1. Thanks for your review, Charlene! I’m glad you enjoyed the story! I am sorry that Alzheimer’s hits so close to home for you. It is definitely a difficult thing to go through.

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