Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Re-Navigation by Sue Parritt

A gloomy seascape is of little consequence to Julia, as a ferry transports her to an isolated Welsh island to undertake a Spiritual Development course.
Soon, Julia finds herself surrounded by new friends and questions. As relationships deepen, so does Julia’s feeling that something crucial is missing from her life.
As passion ignites and deep-buried secrets surface, Julia faces choices that will forever change the direction of her life. But at what cost?
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This would make for a fantastic book club book. The possibilities for discussion are limitless.
This book will stay with you and make you re-evaluate your own life and beliefs. 

Seekers (students) from around the world gather on an isolated island, presumably to study Christianity from whatever viewpoint they choose. It is an opportunity to learn from others and break free of strict parameters presented by organized faith. Julia seems to have the perfect life, a devoted husband, obedient children, a job she enjoys. Why she dug an invitation out of the garbage was a bit of a mystery to her, but she felt it was the proper thing to do. Everyone who arrived on this island to attend this three month experience had a different calling to be there.
And everyone was changed by the experience.

This is a story about faith and belief and discovering self. A story about consequences and questioning if there actually is free will or if there is a plan already set in place and our choices are but illusion. The writing flows beautifully in descriptive splendor. Yet throughout I always felt like there were more than a few interpretations behind the passages. 

The ending may leave you with questions that no one can answer.

Author Bio – Originally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry, a short TV drama script and six novels:
Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.
Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016.
The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016.
Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017
Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
Feed Thy Enemy, based on her father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
Sue’s current project, A Question of Country, is a novel exploring the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity.
Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees, feminism and racism.  Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.

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