Mustard Seeds and Water Lines
Adult; Memoir; (Market)
It wasn't a hurricane, a monsoon, a typhoon, or a tropical storm. It was just a rainy Friday. Until it wasn't.
When nearly thirty inches of rain fell on the little town just north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in August of 2016, the rivers in the area reached record-breaking heights in a matter of hours. Water poured onto Karen Milioto's property, and suddenly everything she loved about her home threatened to kill her. When the water receded, Karen surveyed the scene with grief-stricken contempt and asked God, point-blank: These are your plans?
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.00 out of 10
Plot: Milioto’s memoir is an emotional, finely crafted story of an individual’s grief and recovery in the aftermath of a traumatizing event.
Prose: As the story’s primary character, the author authentically conveys to readers how trauma and despair nearly broke her, but eventually led to a renewed spirit of self-acceptance and faith in God.
Originality: Milioto writes about a highly personal experience, expressing a full range of emotions that are unique to her circumstances.
Character Development: The author powerfully reflects upon her healing process, conveying how faith provided her with a renewed sense of hope and meaning after significant loss.
Date Submitted: August 02, 2018