Thursday, February 5, 2015

Still Life by Christa Parrish A REVIEW

A tragic plane crash. One woman who lost her husband. Another who gave up her seat for him.

Adah spent her first twenty-five years with her family as part of a fringe religious sect. Her only contact with the outside world was through customers at their farm store. Then she met Julian, a photojournalist who'd come to document their lifestyle. They eloped mere days later and Adah was thrust into a completely new life as a wife, city-dweller, and an individual allowed to make her own decisions. But she has no idea who she is.

On her twenty-sixth birthday, Julian plans to fly home from an assignment to give her her first-ever birthday present. He's thrilled when Katherine Cramer gives up her seat so he can make the flight. But the plane crashes and everyone on board is killed, including Julian.

Adah is completely at a loss, with no friends and no marketable skills. When Julian's last photographs are published, her life errupts into chaos. She begins travelling-with Julian's camera for a companion-searching for answers to who she is and what she really wants.

Meanwhile, Katherine must live with the knowledge of why she gave up her seat-to extend her affair one more night. She recognizes her survival as a second chance to save her marriage. But is it too late?

When Adah's and Katherine's paths cross, they discover that there's still life ahead for both of them.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 27, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401689035
ISBN-13: 978-1401689032
Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Christa Parrish is the author of five novels, including the 2009 ECPA Book of the Year Watch Over Me and the Christy Award-winning Stones for Bread. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, writer and pastor Chris Coppernoll. They have four children in their blended family.

   Still Life by Christa Parrish is an extremely wonderful story. It shows us how much how our lives affect others. Even those we don’t know. How our decisions bad or good can bring conflict to others.
  Still Life is two stories intertwined into one.  Adah was born and raised in a very strict religious group. Where women and girls had no rights or privileges.
  Adah works at the farm store where she met Julian and just by one meeting God gave them both the same feeling that they were to be married. So Adah leaves secretly and they marry. It is hard for them both. She doesn’t know how a normal person acts unless someone tells her what to do. Julian works with her and tells her things she needs to do.
  Adah never had a birthday party and Julian wants to give her one, but he is out at a job and tries to get back for her birthday.
  The other story is about Katherine and her family. How she thinks only of herself and how she gives up her plane seat to Julian so she can indulge in more of her sin.
  Adah and Katherine both change and this book Still Life tells how they did it. It isn’t a soft kind of read. It will make you think and realize that no matter what you do others will be affected. I highly recommend Still Life. An excellent addition to any library.

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