I cannot deny that this book’s overall theme is about forgiveness, its true essence spelled out in the life of our main character, Charity Braxton and the people surrounding her. But, given that, I picked the poem above as the backbone of my review, and let me tell you why.
For Charity Braxton, it could have been a magical reunion with the house she fell in love with as a child. A child’s playful imagination, which consisted of pixies that welcomed her every time she set foot in her grandparent’s island estate on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It’s pure magic, but for now 31yr old Charity, her grandfather’ s death brought her back in this distant playground. When she inherited her grandparent’s island mansion and money, it commenced her path to self worth and self discovery.
We have an aching Charity, a neighbor still painfully grieving the death of his wife and child, a runaway teenager finding solace under her roof, an uncle she has never met before trying to come to terms with his own secrets, a narcissistic mother whose only happiness is her own, and in the middle of weeping willow where according to legend is said to be magical.
It is said that the willow tree is an allegorical symbol which takes away your pains and burdens and help you move on, where in the end you find forgivenesses. But what I really liked about this theme is the magic which you find within you. How it is through our own accord, time, and pace that we seek forgiveness. Sometimes, we feel like we need a sign to move forward, a special vehicle to forgive, but really, the power to forgive is already embedded within our senses.
I wish there is more to say other than this book is a quick read and definitely a feel good book, one that will surely touch your heart especially if the themes are relatable and speak to you.
In the Light of the Garden by Heather Burch
published by Brilliance Audio (January 10, 2017)