Julie Cantrell. Perennials. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2017.
Whenever possible, I try to share my books with other people. Although I am relatively unfamiliar with this author’s work, I ended up sharing this book with a good friend. Hopefully she enjoys it!
In Perennials, Eva “Lovey” Sutherland finds herself traveling back to her hometown in Oxford, Mississippi, for her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. For years, Eva felt that she was forced to abandon her idyllic childhood by her older sister, who cruelly blamed her for all of life’s wrongs. However, Eva’s years away in Arizona have given her perspective and its own share of failure, even in the face of great success in her career. In renewing her relationship with her family, she also rediscovers her love for gardening and the countless lessons that her parents taught her about family, life, and love. As the events of her parents’ anniversary draw to a close, Eva finds herself having to ultimately choose between her lives in Mississippi and Arizona, between embracing her roots or permanently leaving them behind.
Perennials features the development of one family as they embrace trials and love that come with the seasons of life. With incredible descriptions of Eva’s hometown and southern gardens, horticultural enthusiasts will be thrilled with this story.
Overall, I quite enjoyed reading Perennials. While I’m relatively unfamiliar with Ms. Cantrell’s other work, I found this novel to be surprisingly approachable. The writing style was moderately paced and easy to read. I did find that some aspects of the story were slightly more New Age than Christian, but I can see why this novel would appeal to readers who typically read this type of contemporary Christian fiction. Due to the events described in the story, I would not necessarily say that the novel is entirely uplifting or lighthearted. However, Ms. Cantrell manages to expertly develop her characters and the plot to provide a satisfying conclusion.
Fans of Ms. Cantrell’s other novels will likely find Perennials to be a satisfying read. Likewise, those who read contemporary Christian fiction will find this novel to be well worth reading, regardless of whether or not it makes their favorites list.
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