Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review: In the Heart of the Dark Wood by:Billy Coffey

 In the Heart of the Dark Wood
About the Book:
A motherless girl hungry for hope . . . and the dream that could be leading her astray.

Almost two years have passed since twelve year-old Allie Granderson's beloved mother Mary disappeared into the wild tornado winds. Her body has never been found. God may have spilled out his vengeance on all of Mattingly that day--but it was Allie's momma who got swept away.

Allie clings to memories of her mother, just as she clings to the broken compass she left behind, the makeshift Nativity scene assembled in Allie's front yard, and to her best friend, Zach. But even with Zach at her side, the compass tied to her wrist, and the Nativity characters just a glimpse out the window, Allie cannot help but feel lost in all the growing up that must get done.

When the Holy Mother disappears from the yard one morning, Allie's bewilderment is checked only by the sudden movement of her mother's compass. Yet the compass isn't pointing north but east . . . into the inky forest on the outskirts of Mattingly.

Following the needle, Allie and Zach leave the city pavement behind and push into the line of trees edging on the Virginia hill country. For Allie, the journey is more than a ghost hunt: she is rejoining the mother she lost--and finding herself with each step deeper into the heart of the darkest woods she's ever seen.

About the Author:
Billy Coffey's critically acclaimed books combine rural Southern charm with a vision far beyond the ordinary. He is a regular contributor to several publications, where he writes about faith and life. Billy lives with his wife and two children in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

My Review:
 Allie Granderson, lost her mother in a terrible storm almost two years ago. Since that devastating day Allie along with her father have become lost in their grief so much so that her father drowns his pain in the bottle and Allie clings to a nativity lawn ornament. There is also a compass that Allie holds dear because it once belonged to her dearly departed mother. Allie has a best friend by the the name of Zach that has stood by her side this whole time without judgement.

 This is all well and good for Allie and she is grateful she can count on Zach especially when she tells him about the strange happenings surrounding the nativity scene as well as the compass. The two of the start out on an adventure to find out what is truly going on.

 The author had me in tears describing the painful loss for this family. He was able to paint a picture in my mind of the terrible pain that this family has endured. This book is full of very well descriptive scenes and it really had me wondering throughout the book about the answers to this mystery.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Look.