Friday, October 19, 2012

(139)Finding Casey by Jo-Ann Mapson

Finding Casey 

Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Pages: 336



There are two stories being told in Finding Casey.  First there is forty-one year old Glory is loving life in  ways that she never imagined that she could. She has so much to be thankful for, she is married to the amazing Joe and not only do they have an amazing daughter, Junniper, but Glory is pregnant .  Junniper is blossoming into a beautiful young woman under the guidance of Joe and Glory.  Just a few short years ago, she was unsure of what her future would be when they assigned Glory to be her Foster Mother after her own family fell apart and her sister, Casey, went missing.

At the same time we are reading about Glory and her family we are reading about Laurel Smith who is worried about her critically ill daughter, Aspen. She leaves the "compound" where they live with a religious sect, against the wishes of the creepy leader, Seth.  She is awkward and unsure of herself in the outside world, but she knows she must do whatever she can to get help for Aspen.  The two stories are separate, until you realize that they are not.

Set against the beautiful Fall backdrop of Santa Fe we get to know these families in an intimate way.  I really enjoyed Joe, Glory, and Junniper.  The whole family dynamic at Thanksgiving was interesting with Glory's sister and mom there.  OH!!  I forgot a very important character, Dolores, the ghost who shares their home!  She certainly adds character to the story, but at times it felt really forced.  My heart really went out to Laurel.  Her anxiety about being away from Seth probably came across more strongly than any other emotion in the book and it really endeared her to me.

Bottom line, Finding Casey was a good story.  I felt the plot drag at times, but I stuck with it because I wanted to see what was going to happen and find out how the stories would merge.  I think it is worth the read, but be prepared for the fact that it isn't exactly a fast paced novel.

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