Cantrell, Julie. Perennials. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing. 2017.

Haunted by a fire that happened years ago, Lovey (Eva) leaves town, far away from her bitter sister, Bitsy (Elizabeth). Living her own life while dealing with guilt, disappointment, anger and loss over the shed fire, Lovey is called back home to help plan her parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Chancing a visit home though it may mean facing the pain from the event all those years ago, Lovey must make decisions which could change her life forever.

With an absolutely beautiful cover and a very appropriately named title, New York Times bestselling author, Julie Cantrell, centers her newest novel around perennials. Even with an inspiring and creative topic, unfortunately, I had trouble really connecting with this novel which surprised me.  Truly liking her previous books, I am not sure if it was the story or me personally that just couldn’t merge with the story this time. Struggling to finish with a few reservations along the way, I will definitely read this author again while hoping for a different reaction.

3.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Perennials from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*


The Feathered Bone

Cantrell, Julie. The Feathered Bone. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 2016.


Accompanying her daughter’s class on a fieldtrip to the Big Easy (New Orleans) during Halloween, Amanda Salassi is on edge. With costumed people, various vendors, a heavy rainstorm and strange acquaintances, the chaperones keep the 12 year-olds close. While responsible for a group of the children, her daughter’s best friend disappears. Coping with the guilt, grief, anxiety and chaos, Amanda must face many challenges in her life as it quickly unravels. In her personal midst of tragedy, shock and affliction, Amanda must learn to lean not on her own guidance but that of her friends, her faith and her strength…

Not sure I would have read this book if I had truly known what it all entailed, I am certainly glad I gave it a chance. With very strong emotions generated, from gut-wrenching to redemption, this contemporary novel stuck with me several days after finishing it. Written in a clever, effective manner, the intended messages and lessons did not miss their mark. Perhaps the most inspiring moment was the meaning of the title; something I had never considered before reading this novel. As a New York Times best-selling author, Julie Cantrell shares her inspirations and reasons for writing this book,  items that have a chance to lead people to faith, grace and courage. (Caution- due to thematic subjects, this book may not be appropriate for younger audiences.)

5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Feathered Bone from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*