Corina Marion's father is dead.
Off to a never-ending war as a Red Cross doctor before Corina was even born, Luther Marion has been a constant but increasingly distant presence in his daughter's life for 16 years. Damaged pictures. Short letters. And three brief phone calls received before Corina was old enough to walk.
But now Luther Marion has returned home at last - as a body in a box to be buried. Corina's mother is devastated. Her small, backwoods town mourns the loss of its local hero.
And Corina...isn't sure how she feels about the death of a father she never really met.
But when a mysterious old man confronts Corina at her father's funeral, she finds herself drawn to his impossible offer: a chance to know the now late Luther Marion. And in a moment of uncertainty, Corina makes a choice with consequences she can barely fathom. A choice that sends her to the last place she ever expected to go.
Her father's hometown. Six hundred miles south.
And 25 years in the past.
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this novel wasn’t what I was expecting
Solace by Therin Knite is a type of coming of age novel. Corina Marion is a high school student who’s always heard that her father, Lou Marion, a Red Cross doctor, is a great man. But in a world set in the near future where a long war is raging, her father comes home from the battle ravaged war country in a casket. When a supernatural opportunity knocks on her door, Corina gets the opportunity to get to know her now-deceased father and learn whether or not he lives up to the hype of being such a great guy.
While this novel wasn’t what I was expecting, I really ended up liking it. It’s a novel about a frustrated and resentful teenage girl trying to figure out how her family situation came to be the way that it is. The plot revolves around Corina’s relationship with her father. All the supporting characters, even her mother, are really just that, supportive to the plot. Normally, I prefer to have a really robust cast of characters, but from the beginning it was clear what this novel was going to be and it worked. It was really interesting to see how both Corina and Lou grow though the novel as individuals even over a short period of time. I thought it was especially touching to see how Corina’s relationship and feelings toward her father change as she gets to know him better. The end of the novel is heartwarming in a bittersweet way.
The narration by Julia Knippen was great. I think she did a great job of voicing the characters. I didn’t particularly feel like she aged Lou much over time or had dramatic differences in the voices of the characters, but I liked her narration. The production quality of the novel was good. I would recommend this novel to people who like coming of age novels for strong female protagonists and stories that tug on your heart.
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