Thursday, January 21, 2016

Book Review : The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Thomas Nelson Publishing, via the Booklook Bloggers program, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Since this book starts off with a school trip to see the Mardi Gras floats being made,
it's only makes sense to review it during Mardi Gras season!

And it's appropriate to include it on Thursday, where you usually find our History Corner, as it talks about the Louisiana history!


In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth-grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.
 Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks into depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.
 Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.
Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Boneis Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.


This is a different book- it's a love story, a heart breaking mother's tale, a survival tale, a tale of modern versus historical restrictions on women, a cautionary look at human trafficking, and how our faith can see us through anything that breaks our hearts and bodies. 

“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They're soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.” 

The feathered bone in the title refers to how corsets bound women strictly when they were made of whale bones, but once they became made of the bendable, but not breakable feather bones, they allowed movement and more flexibility. That theme of being bound, but still breaking free, is the tale of the story at its heart. Amanda and Sarah are survivors. They bend, but never loose their faith, and ultimately the tale is their story of redemption. The book is hard to read at times, as it is a mother's worst nightmare in more ways than one, but it holds you enthralled and you can't put it down. Don't miss this one, it's one that's sure to be talked about for book of the year!

About the Author:

Julie Cantrell is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Into the Free, the 2013 Christy Award winning Book of the Year and recipient of the Mississippi Library Association’s Fiction Award. Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship. Her second novel, When Mountains Move, won the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction and, like her debut, was selected for several Top Reads lists. Visit her online at, Facebook and Twitter

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