5 stars for Ash Wednesday by D.J.B. Griffin #fantasy #magicalrealism #bookreview
Title: Ash Wednesday
Author: D.J.B. Griffin
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism
Elizabeth was a practicing therapist, college professor, and single mother whose dysfunctional family dynamic only became worse after her mother died of cancer. Her grieving father could not afford the funeral his wife had wanted, and Elizabeth’s sisters wouldn’t help, so Elizabeth took over and had her mother cremated. But something very strange happened at the family ceremony to scatter her mother’s ashes and Elizabeth’s life took a completely unexpected turn.
When an attorney brought a mysterious package to her home, it set off a chain of events that challenged the very reality Elizabeth believed in and led to the exposure of a secret her mother had kept since Elizabeth was born. The package contained a rare and special book that led to the discovery that Elizabeth had another family, one that went back 16 generations and followed an ancient tradition of Earth-based spirituality and magic. And included in the package was an heirloom, an ancient Celtic ring … one that would change Elizabeth’s life forever.
Elizabeth’s lineage went back 16 generations of Earth-based spirituality & magic. A grimoire and ancient Celtic ring would change her life forever.
A book that expands a reader's ability to deal with issues as the main character does. Elizabeth grows as she learns new truths. The journey of discovery is wrought with adventure and danger. She is such a powerful character. Elizabeth is almost symbolic as the mother bear who protects her young.
The lurid presentation of a popular organized religion is refreshing. The gentle nature of the Wiccan-like society is well done. The reader will be intrigued throughout the book. There is plenty of mystery and action to keep the reader on edge.
Fans of The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown will love this book. Fans of nature and witchcraft will love this book. A fun book to read and escape into for the days we live in.
My Rating: 5 stars
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A former therapist, teacher, and university administrator, Deb is also a certified yoga and meditation instructor. After 18-years in the corporate world of online university administration, she decided that it’s never too late for a do-over and tapped into her creative side to publish her first two novels. When she’s not writing, she’s indulging in her passions for cooking, environmental and social activism, gardening, bicycling, kayaking, and crafting hand-tied malas with semi-precious stones. She lives with her writer husband in North Carolina.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N