Sunday, May 24, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: "The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch"

The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch
By Marsha Moyer
Copyright 2002
William Morrow/ HarperCollins Publishers
Adult Fiction

A woman who is not in love with her husband of 14 years (and never has been) is confronted by his death in a farming accident. Lucy Hatch must somehow move forward in this heart-filled tale of grief, love and new beginnings.

Moving back to her hometown after such a long time, Lucy must face her judgmental mother, deal with having no money, and finding out that she doesn’t really know who she is. She meets a man who she had known of in high school and finds herself falling in love for the first time. Everyone in town sets their tongues wagging at this little development, but Lucy takes it in stride. She takes a job at the local florist shop and starts getting her life back in order.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was lighthearted, and yet it dealt with some very real life issues. Who am I? What do I want out of life? Who do I want to be? I think we all deal with those questions at one time or another, and this book was an interesting look at how to process those feelings.

My favorite part of the book was when Lucy finally allows herself to grieve her husband’s death. Even though she didn’t love him, losing him was still losing a part of herself. Her anguish at making that realization brought me to tears.

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