Day: November 30, 2014
Seasons of the Fool by fantasy author Lynne Cantwell is a bit different from her other novels. Cantwell introduces us to Julia Morton Michaud, about to be divorced from her husband Lance Michaud, who is about to be convicted of fraud. Julia decides to move back to the cottage in Michiana on the shores of Lake Michigan where she grew up. Back home, she begins to confront memories from her past as she navigates toward an uncertain future.
Julia’s situation is complicated when she encounters a love from her past, Dave Turner, who is himself ensnared in a loveless marriage; Ron Gorski, a handyman with a shady past; and two elderly neighbors, Elsie and Thea, who have unknown to her played a key role in her life for years.
Cantwell plunges the reader deep into Julia’s life with her deft phrasing and in-depth descriptions of the characters and setting. True to her fantasy background, there’s a touch of magic in the story, only hinted at, though, which makes it all the more compelling.
You’ll be on the edge of your seat as Julia faces one challenge after another, moving inexorably toward the destiny that has been foreordained for her.
I received an advance review copy of Seasons of the Fool, and once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I can guarantee you, it’ll affect you the same way. I’ve read Cantwell’s Pipe Woman Chronicles books, and they were good – but, this one is even better. Five stars.