The Greatest Gift
These Tangled Vines by Julianne MacLean is the most delightful dual timeline novel about love and family.
The novel is set in 1986 and 2017 and is seen through the eyes of a mother and her daughter. There have been secrets kept but now it is time to learn the truth about the summer of 1986.
Julianne MacLean has a colourful palette of words which she uses to vividly paint the Tuscan landscape. The reader can ‘see’ the vibrant countryside through her words. We ‘feel’ the soaring heat and ‘smell’ the aromatic food and drink. These Tangled Vines is a wonderful assault on our senses.
Greater Love Hath No Man
A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean is a marvelous dual timeline
story of love and courage in times of war. It is a novel that will both thrill
and horrify as the reader journeys through lives that loved and lost and that
lost and found. It is a book that made me cry as the love reached out beyond
the pages and into my heart.
The greatest love of all is a
sacrificial love. Within the story there are many instances of sacrificial love
but one will pale all others into oblivion.
The action alternates between
2011 and the World War II years. It is set in London, continental Europe and
present day America. The story is told from several points of view. The reader
is in for a real treat as we see love in action.
Life deals us blows, leaving us
feeling guilty and with regrets. We must deal with our past if our future is to
Beautiful, Emotional Overdrive
A Curve In The Road by Julianne MacLean is a contemporary novel that deals with grief, betrayal and learning to live again. I read it in just one sitting. It was totally beautiful and heart wrenching. Tissues were needed as my emotions were shot to pieces.
Julianne MacLean writes novels that go straight to the heart. Her characters are realistic and likable. Dealing with grief is complex. We go through a range of emotions. “I’m so angry… Yet I can’t bear his absence.” Anger is normal. We hate the person for leaving us to cope alone. “Part of me wishes he were alive so I could kill him myself.” This paradox is totally understandable – in our hurt and pain we just want to lash out but really all we want is the arms of our loved one around us again. Grief stinks. We just need to work our way through it in whatever way we can.
Of Love And Friendship
The Color Of A Christmas Miracle by Julianne MacLean is a heart wrenching story surrounding the topic of infertility. When having a baby becomes the sole focus, it drains everyone and cracks in relationships start to appear.
The novel is about friendship and families, support and kind hearts. Both love and sadness radiate from the story.
There are the themes of hurt and forgiveness. Forgiveness frees us from the bondage of bitterness, consuming us from the inside out. The effects of forgiveness can be far reaching.
Second chances, new beginnings and hope all feature within this beautiful novel.