The Church in the Wildwood

The Church in the Wildwood A haunted past a father s ghost a mother s secret As fifteen year old Joseph Carver peels back the layers of a haunted past he finds himself lost in the shadows of his mother s unorthodox religion de

  • Title: The Church in the Wildwood
  • Author: Alanna Rusnak
  • ISBN: 9780992125554
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • A haunted past a father s ghost a mother s secret.As fifteen year old Joseph Carver peels back the layers of a haunted past, he finds himself lost in the shadows of his mother s unorthodox religion desperate to uncover the truth about his father s death and the sister he never met learning that sometimes, it is only through great loss that you can finally let go and begA haunted past a father s ghost a mother s secret.As fifteen year old Joseph Carver peels back the layers of a haunted past, he finds himself lost in the shadows of his mother s unorthodox religion desperate to uncover the truth about his father s death and the sister he never met learning that sometimes, it is only through great loss that you can finally let go and begin to understand your own story.

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    1. Alanna Rusnak is a wordsmith. She is both mistress and master of her craft. Everything she puts her pen to is magical, and The Church in the Wildwood is no exception. From the initial page to the last word the tale was gripping in pace, tension, and story; and the characters deep, and feeling. While unusual, and at times downright eerie, Joshua Carver, the young male protagonist, was simultaneously terrified and brave throughout; but it was his mother, Iris, who deftly stole the pages of this bo [...]

    2. Alanna is such a lovely writer, her words are poetic and tragic but filled with hope. She deals with real darkness in The Church in the Wildwood but does so in such a beautiful way. This book left me with a smile on my face and a feeling of peace. I loved it.

    3. Following a tragic accident, the tortured past of Joseph’s mother is brought to light. How much of Joseph’s history has been distorted through her deception? Does her past as an abused, child-bride in a polygamist cult excuse her sins? Does the camp fire story about his father’s suicide hold any truth? What really happened the day he was born?A deeply evocative story, The Church in the Wildwood presents humanity at both its best and worst. The depth and authenticity of each character is a [...]

    4. This story weaves the lives of the characters in a beautifully tragic tale of love and rejection, hope and despair, abuse and healing. It is the classic story of the human needs to be understood, accepted and belong. Rusnak simultaneously tells the story of a young boy coming of age while his mother learns to move beyond her haunting past. The author crosses storylines from the past with the present to enlighten the reader of elements of the characters' past that have shaped them into who they h [...]

    5. The journey I was taken on while reading this book was one that I hadn't expected. Not really a fan of anything religious, The Church in the Wildwood was a story entrenched in religion that wove itself into a tragic family history that spanned a few decades and generations. I went from thinking Joseph was strange and conniving to sweet to disturbed. Iris's upbringing is something right out of a horror story itself, ironically deeply routed in religion however the way she and her son live their l [...]

    6. A beautifully woven tale exploring the complexity of relationships, family, and love. The story flows between two time periods, giving the reader a glimpse into some of the experiences that form beliefs and views of the world. Real characters with imperfections, depth and honest voices. A unique storyline that engages you from beginning to end.

    7. This novel is hauntingly imagined and gorgeously told. It immediately surrounded me with a mood that lingered almost heavily, while the intriguing and layered plot made it an absolute page-turner! The Church In The Wildwood is expertly and thoughtfully crafted, an impressive recipe of poetry and plot- it captivated me with beautiful phrasing that begged attention while twists, turns, and soul-searching characters compelled me to quickly read on. The author offers a heartwrenching and dangerous s [...]

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