Here if you need her
She draws the reader in masterfully with her first sentence: “A six-year-old girl has wandered off from a family picnic near Masquinongy Pond, and she remains missing after a long day of waiting.”
Who doesn’t want to read on?
Braestrup was inspired by her husband’s sudden death to pursue his dream of becoming a minister. In her grieving, she returns to school and studies to become a Unitarian Universalist minister and ultimately a chaplain with the Maine game wardens.
I found the work to be very well-written.
It’s impossible to not feel the family’s pain as Braestrup and her four children learn to cope without their husband and father.
But ultimately this is a tale of moving on and finding joy again even in the face of unspeakable loss.
It’s a quick read, spiritual yet not preachy.
- Tricia Ambrose
P.S. To add to Jason's post about covers, I broke my own rule on "Here If You Need Me." Its cover features a photo of the author.
Generally the reason I don't like faces on a jacket is that I prefer to let the author's description of a character fill my mind and it's hard to do that when you've just seen a "picture" of them.