Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by She Writes Press
Synopsis: Who would you be if you lost everything? Hollye Dexter and her husband Troy woke one night to find their house ablaze. To escape the fire, they had to jump from their second-story window with their toddler son and then watch their house and home-based businesses burn to the ground. Over the next two years, the family went bankrupt, lost their cars and another home, and got dropped by their best friends. As the outer layers of her life were stripped away, Dexter began to unravel emotionally; but then she found herself on the brink of losing her marriage, and she realized that if she was going to save her family, she would have to pull herself back together somehow. As she fought to reassemble the pieces of the life she'd had, Dexter discovered that a shattered heart has the ability to regenerate in a mighty way; that even in the midst of disaster, you can find your place; and that when everything you identify with is gone, you are free to discover who you really are. Poignant and inspiring, Fire Season is a story for anyone who has ever lost hope and found it again.
Review: Oh my gosh--the emotions in this story. Everything that happened to this family just kept breaking my heart. Hollye is one of those women that you never think you could be, surviving blow after blow to her feelings of physical, emotional and financial security. She's definitely who I want to be when I grow up!
Hollye puts her life out there for all of us to read--the good, the bad, and the ugly. From her strained relationship with her mother, to the stress put on her marriage, to her bout with depression, to her ability to find joy in the little things with her children, we get a look into every corner of her life.
The varied reactions of their friends to their tragedies were eye-opening, even heartbreaking in some instances. Having some pull away from them, another steal from them...at least that was countered by many who were at their side in every way.
I want to thank BookSparks for bringing this book to my attention, as well as providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review. It is a story which will stay with me for a long time to come.
My rating: Four stars