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"At The Scent Of Water" by Linda Nichols

Category: ClubReading
Tags: booksreview

Reviewer: spratt

'Life Happens!!' We've all seen the bumper stickers. Some use different words, but the meaning is the same. It's the cynic's answer to 'Why?' It's also the optimist's answer to the same question. I like to finish the statement this way: 'Life Happens!! Get over it!!!'

'Why...is this happening to me?' It is one of the age old questions. Many authors have offered their version of the answers. Viewpoints are varied, of course. We blame others, we blame God, and sometimes we even blame ourselves. One thing is for sure. There are no easy answers.

How many books have been written in which an author tries to answer the 'Why?' questions?

'The Scent of Water' by Linda Nichols is still another. It starts off with a very sad scenario. I don't like sad books, so I almost didn't continue reading. I'm glad I did. Not just because of the happy ending, but because the author deals with the 'Why?' questions better than anyone I have ever read.

We meet a married couple who have been separated for 5 years--Sam and Annie Truelove. Sam is a gifted surgeon. He repairs heart damage and heart birth defects on children and tiny babies. His one mistake resulted in a child having brain damage and being in a coma for 5 years. He was preparing for the operation when he received word his own young daughter had just drowned in a creek. He could not longer help his daughter, he said; but he could heal this girl with the damaged heart. But he didn't heal her. Neither could he repair the damage that had been done to his marriage by not going immediately to his wife's side.

If you have unanswered 'Why?' questions in your life, I highly recommend reading 'The Scent of Water' by Linda Nichols. Even if you think you have all of the answers already, you might just enjoy the read!!! It is fast-paced, well written, and insightful.

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