Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Resurrection in May
Author: Lisa Samson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: 1990's, Beattyville, Kentucky
Overall Rating: 2.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Lisa's Website/Blog: lisasamson.typepad.com
I have been a fan of Lisa Samson for a long time. Quaker Summer; Straight Up; and The Passion of Mary-Margaret are three of my absolute favorites by this wonderfully talented author. In this new offering the writing is still superb and the story is extremely well told but, unfortunately, for me the tale itself was so unbelievably depressing that I barely got to the last page.
In 1993, Claudius Borne is driving down old Route 11, thanking God for his seventy-one-years on the planet, and telling God he'd take whatever it was that God would like to send his way. Soon, he sees a young woman literally crawling along the gravel road. Her name is May Seymour, and she is so hungover she can't even walk upright. Claudius picks up the poor girl and takes her back to his home where he puts her to bed so she can sleep it off. He wants the young May to feel better and seems to be extremely happy to be a "hero" to her - making him feel like perhaps his adventures in life aren't quite over yet.
Upon waking, he talks a great deal to May and learns that she is headed to Rwanda to work at a medical mission there. You see, May may be a bit of a smoker, drinker, and over-indulger, but she also graduated with a 4.0 and wants to help people with everything she's got. As the conversation grows between May and Claudius the reader can see the bond form between them - they are very much like soul mates; friends that will remain close forever even though there is a huge age gap between them. They seem to...understand each other. When May goes off to Rwanda, "Borne's Last Chance" (which is Claudius' home) sat silent in the moonlight, the animals at peace, the fields at peace...Claudius knew that God had given him what He wanted to give him - May's troubled soul - and God always knew best.
The story goes on into some frightening scenes. In Rwanda, the entire camp where May is staying is slaughtered; she is the only survivor. She comes back to the "real" world and finds herself drawn back to Borne's Last Chance, trying to find a way to gain some happiness back into her young, nightmarish life. Throughout the story she is counseled by Sister Ruth, and comes across a friend who is sitting on death row. Eli Campbell is a young man who, like May, has seen death and refuses to ask for leniency where his death sentence is concerned. Through these relationships, May tries to put herself back on her own two feet...hoping to find her own redemption and recovery through others.
Again, the story is well told, but far too harsh for me. The storyline is extremely depressing and just not my cup of tea.
Until next time, Amy
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